How to Get Out of Jury Duty in Oklahoma?
Jury duty is considered a privilege and a civic responsibility. The United States Constitution guarantees the right to trial by jury, and when you serve on a jury, you are providing this to your fellow citizens. However, there are times when serving on jury duty may be difficult, cause undue hardships or is physically impossible. In most cases, the courts have set up provisions for these circumstances, which allow individuals to request exemptions or postponement of service. If you need to understand Oklahoma jury duty exemptions and how to request one, DoNotPay can help you navigate the process.
Oklahoma Jury Duty Eligibility
Each state sets its own requirements for eligibility and criteria that will disqualify a citizen from serving. Oklahoma law provides an outline for who can and cannot serve.
Who can Serve in Oklahoma?
Oklahoma law states that you can serve if:
- You are a United States citizen.
- You reside in Oklahoma.
- You are a qualified elector of the state.
- You are physically and mentally competent to serve
Who is not Eligible to Serve in Oklahoma?
Some people may be ineligible to serve based on occupation, or felony convictions. Those not qualified to serve include:
- State or federal jailers or law enforcement officers having custody of prisoners are only eligible for civil trials.
- Sheriffs or deputy sheriffs
- Judges of the Court of Civil Appeals
- Judges of the Court of Criminal Appeals or the District Court
- Justices of the Supreme Court
- Legislators, during sessions, or involved in state business
- Licensed attorneys who are engaged in the practice of law
- Individuals who have been:
- convicted of any felony
- imprisoned in any state or federal penitentiary for a felony
Note: Individuals who have been fully restored to his or her civil rights are eligible to serve as a juror.
Reasons for Oklahoma Jury Duty Exemptions
If you are qualified to serve, you are legally obligated to serve, unless you receive an excuse or postponement based on hardship.
Depending on the courts, you may be able to receive a temporary excuse if you have temporary hardships, such as:
- prior vacation plans
- urgent doctor's appointments
- business trips
You may also be able to request a permanent excuse if you meet certain conditions:
|Age||You are over 70 years of age|
|Disability||You are disabled with a permanent or chronic condition (valid medical statement required)|
|Recent Duty||You have recently served as a grand or petit juror|
|Other Civic Duty||You serve as a volunteer firefighter, rescue squad or ambulance for federal, state or local government agencies.|
|Student||You are a student with a regular schedule of classes.|
|Child Care Needs||You have legal custody of a child/children under the age of 10 and it is essential that they remain in the home for childcare|
Should You Request an Exemption?
Unfortunately, many people automatically panic when they are summoned and will look for any excuse to get out of jury duty. At DoNotPay, we want to alleviate any concerns or questions you have regarding jury duty.
- Why is jury duty important?
- How do I prepare for jury duty?
- How does jury duty work?
- How long does jury duty last?
- Will I get paid for jury duty?
If your questions are answered and you still believe jury duty will cause undue hardship, you can try to request an exemption on your own, or let DoNotPay quickly help you request an exemption.
Requesting an Oklahoma Jury Duty Exemption On Your Own
The method by which you request an exemption will vary by court.
- Read your summons very carefully.
- Carefully follow all directions on your summons to request an exemption or postponement.
- Some courts will require you to appear before the judge.
- Some courts will request a written letter with supporting documents if necessary.
- Some courts will allow you to request online when you submit your juror information.
- If your date is very close, call the courthouse/jury clerk to discuss your hardship.
- Prepare yourself for jury duty while you wait to hear if you are exempted.
Let DoNotPay File For Oklahoma Jury Duty Exemptions on Your Behalf
DoNotPay recognizes that jury duty can cause difficulties and hardship, and we want to make the entire process less stressful for you.
If you want to file a jury duty excuse request but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:
- Search Jury Duty Excuse on DoNotPay, and enter your jury duty summons information, including the assigned date, court name, juror number, and more.
- Select your reason for excusal, and provide a few more details regarding your situation and upload evidence to prove your point.
- Enter the fax number of mailing address for the court room as displayed on your jury summons letter.
Why Use DoNotPay?
DoNotPay makes the entire process of filing Oklahoma jury duty exemptions easier for you. Our services are fast, easy, and successful. You only need to give us the required information, and then we will file the request and make the best case on your behalf.
In addition to filing jury duty exemption or postponement requests, we can help you solve a variety of other problems, including, but not limited to:
No matter what problem or concern you are facing, DoNotPay has a solution!