SACRAMENTO, Calif. —
We all know jury duty isn’t something people really want to do. So what exactly are the excuses to get out of it? There are six of them.
1. You have an obligation to care for someone between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the work week. For example, you have a kid and can’t find a babysitter or you work as a nurse for an elderly patient and you can’t get out of it.
2. You have an extreme financial burden. What that means is you are the only person bringing in a paycheck and jury duty would mean you lose income or your employer won’t pay you during your jury duty stint. If that’s the case, you need a letter from your employer saying that.
3. You don’t have good transportation. That means the only way to get to court is public transportation and it takes more than an hour and a half for the commute.
4. You’re active duty military.
5. You have a serious mental or physical condition that would be seriously affected by jury duty. For this, you need a doctor’s note saying that jury duty won’t work for you medically.
6. The last excuse is you’ve already served your jury duty in the last year because California law is one day, one trial per year.
And one more thing, you won’t get a notification that your request was granted, but you WILL get a notification if it was DENIED.