Excuse from Jury Service
Prospective jurors otherwise eligible to serve may be excused from jury service only for extreme hardship, or if they are at least 75 years of age. All requests must be submitted to the Jury Commissioner's Office in writing prior to the prospective juror's service date. The excuse can also be faxed or emailed to the Jury Office.
A prospective juror may be excused if he/she:
- Has a physical or mental disability that would prevent him/her from serving. The prospective juror is required to provide a doctor's note explaining the disability. If the prospective juror does not have a doctor, a professional caregiver can provide a sworn statement explaining the disability instead.
- Provides a Request for Medical Excuse from Jury Service
- Must provide actual and necessary care for another and alternate arrangements are not feasible.
- Will suffer an extreme financial burden if required to serve that would substantially prevent the prospective juror from paying his/her necessary daily living expenses.
- Is unable to read or understand the English language.
- Is at least 75 years of age and wishes to be excused from this summons, or this and all future summoning for jury service.
- Is an AZPOST certified active peace officer employed by the State of Arizona or a political subdivision.
- Is Active Duty Military stationed outside of Maricopa County.
Being excused for Medical Reasons
To be excused for medical reasons, you must attach a written statement from your doctor or have your doctor fill out the medical excuse form. You also need to provide your Juror ID number listed at the top of your summons and your full name as listed. You may submit the documentation to the Jury Office via US mail or email. If you are submitting a written statement from your doctor, please be advised that it must be on letterhead or prescription pad, and your doctor must fax it to the Jury office.
Being excused from Jury Service over the phone
What to write if I want to be excused from Jury Service
There is no single excuse that guarantees exemption from jury service, except for those who are at least 75 years of age. For more information about what excuses are allowed under Arizona law, please read A.R.S. § 21-202. Each request is individually reviewed. Potential jurors are encouraged to complete the questionnaire truthfully, to the best of their knowledge. Failure to do so is against the law. Jury service is a citizen's civic duty, and responsibility.
Being excused due to my Profession
Superior Court tries civil and criminal cases, both of which require juries. The random selection process prevents you from knowing in advance what trial or even what type of trial for which you'll be selected. If when you get to a courtroom the judge excuses you, you've fulfilled your obligation for jury service. But the Jury Office staff cannot excuse you as a potential juror because of what you do for a living, unless you are a police officer. Any police officer wishing to be excused should review the requirements explained in A.R.S. § 21-202(B)(5), and send the necessary documentation to the Jury Office.
Being excused due to my Moral or Religious Beliefs
Arizona law does not provide for an excuse from jury service for moral or religious beliefs. You are still required to appear for jury service. When you get to a courtroom, the judge will make that decision.
Employers Preventing Jury Service/Jury Pay
State law (A.R.S. § 21-236) prohibits an employer from discharging or in any manner discriminating against an employee for taking time off to serve as a juror if the employee, prior to taking time off, gives reasonable notice to the employer of the requirement to serve as a juror. Click here for a letter you can provide to your employer.
Also, state law does not require employers to compensate their employees while they are on jury service. Many employers support the jury system and provide jury service benefits and will continue employee wages while they serve as a juror. Please check with your employer regarding your company's policy.
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