Easily Request LA County Jury Duty Postponement

Request Jury Duty Exemption Easily Request LA County Jury Duty Postponement

Easily Request LA County Jury Duty Postponement

Anyone can receive a summons to serve as a juror in Los Angeles. Although jury duty is a civic duty, it may come at the wrong time. If the summons clash with your other crucial programs, you can postpone your jury service to a later date.

Before you choose to file a postponement, it is good to understand the following:

If jury duty can inconvenience you greatly, you can apply to postpone it to a more ideal date.

What Is Jury Duty?

Jury duty is an obligation of a US citizen who receives a summons from a court to appear in court on a specific day and time to potentially serve on a jury. Each district court randomly selects citizens' names from a list of registered voters and people with driving licenses in the district.

If you are selected, you must complete a questionnaire that helps the court determine your suitability to serve on the jury. Those who qualify are then randomly chosen to be summoned for jury duty.

Common Grounds for Requesting an Excusal from Jury Duty in LA/California

When a court in LA concludes jurors may have been summoned at an unsuitable time, they are likely to defer or postpone the service to a more suitable date. Jury duty is postponed once for a maximum period of 90 days from the original summons date. The following are some of the common grounds to request a postponement:

The following table provides a general guide on jury duty exemptions.

Military DutyExcused
StudentNot excused
PoliceNot excused
Breastfeeding MotherExcused
DisabilityNot excused

Other Jury Duty Exemptions

Apart from postponement, you can also request for excusal from jury duty in LA. California Rules of Court, Rule 2.1008 and 2.1009, and California Code of Civil Procedure Sections 203 and 204 provide the grounds for a prospective juror to be excused from serving in a jury. These include:

  • Medical hardship
  • Not a US citizen
  • Insufficient knowledge of the English language
  • Non a resident of the county
  • Under 18 years of age
  • Malfeasance conviction
  • Felony conviction
  • Full-time caregiver
  • Peace officer
  • Active military
  • Previous jury service
  • Financial hardship

Are College Students Exempt from Jury Duty In California

Under California state law, being a full-time college student is not a legal reason to be excused from jury duty. Instead, students are given options to postpone their call date. After the first deferment, you must appear in person to appeal the second jury summons.

What Happens If I Don't Show Up for Jury Duty?

Every citizen in the US is obligated to serve on a jury when called upon to do so. If you don't show up for jury duty in LA, you are likely to face harsh consequences. These include being penalized and even incarcerated.

Instead of ignoring jury duty summons, consider filing a request for exemption or postponement.

How to Request Excuse from Jury Duty Postponement On Your Own

The following are the steps to request a jury duty postponement from an LA court.

  1. Once you receive your summons, complete section A, step 1, and step 2 and as well as section G of the jury form. Note even if you are requesting an excuse or postponement, you must complete steps 1 and 2.
  2. Next, call the toll-free number on your summons (213) 972-0970 or go to their web portal and REGISTER for service. Ensure you have your juror identification number (JID) and PIN. Note that even if you are requesting a postponement, transfer, or excusal, you MUST register first.
  3. Once you have registered, the court telephone system and web portal will allow you to request a postponement or excuse.
  4. Select the option to request a postponement and follow prompts to select the next available dates.

Undeniably, the DIY method to request jury postponement in LA is complex and time-consuming. DoNotPay can take this pain away, so you save valuable time.

How to File a Jury Duty Postponement/Excuse Request Using DoNotPay

If you want to file a jury duty excuse request but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in easy steps:

  1. Search Jury Duty Excuse on DoNotPay, and enter your jury duty summons information, including the assigned date, court name, juror number, and more.

     

  2. Select your reason for excusal, and provide a few more details regarding your situation and upload evidence to prove your point.

     

  3. Enter the fax number or mailing address for the courtroom as displayed on your jury summons letter.

     

Let DoNotPay Help You File a Jury Postponement Request Letter

Jury duty summons can result in various ramifications to your personal and professional life if it comes at the wrong time. Because jury service is a civic duty that you can't run away from, consider requesting deferment if you feel the summons is greatly inconveniencing you.

DoNotPay provides an easier way to effect a LA County jury duty postponement. Through the new Jury Duty Excuse product, we'll generate the excuse letter for you and either fax it or mail it with supporting evidence to the courtroom you were assigned to. You should receive a response from them soon via email, phone, or mail once your request is processed.

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