Can’t Miss Work? 15 Legitimate Ways To Get Out of Jury Duty

Finding a summons for jury duty may not be the most joyful experience of your life. On the contrary, it may cause you to groan from the knowledge and annoyance that you will likely need to miss work and other planned events. 

Here Are 15 Legitimate Ways To Get Out of Jury Duty

1. Financial Hardship

This excuse is problematic because many people cite financial difficulties, suddenly preferring their jobs over jury duty. Judges hold the line on excusing potential jurors, fearing a mass exodus.

2. Primary Caregiver

If you are the sole caregiver for your children aged five years or less, you may ask the court to excuse you from jury service, but it is not automatically granted, at least in certain jurisdictions.

3. High-Risk Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

If you are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy requiring bed rest and not working, you are likely to be excused from jury duty with a letter of instructions from the ob-gyn doctor.  I recall a Judge jokingly asking a woman for a birth announcement as proof for his file.

4. Full-Time Student

When you are a full-time student, you mustn’t miss classes or exams, particularly when close to graduation. On the day you are to report to the court for jury duty, bring documentation, like your transcript, class schedule, and syllabi to prove your status as a full-time student.

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