There was a famous poster with a guy pointing and a slogan on the lower part of the ads that reads: “your country needs you.” In today’s modern society, a lot of people talk about their rights but very few worry about their duties. That is not surprising because of the “me first” attitude that now permeates the world we live in. That said, there are situations in which you cannot put the needs of others before you own. Jury summons is loved and hated. A lot of people just feel that it is a waste of time and you never know when the case will be over so that you can get back to your normal existence. There are others who will relish the opportunity to be called up for jury duty. For those who had to live through the OJ Simpsons trial, you know how the media attention can make you an unlikely celebrity. What if you got a letter inviting you for jury service and you don’t feel like going?
That is the dilemma a lot of people face and getting out of it is not like saying to the judge “I can’t be bothered to attend because I’ve got better things to do with my time” You need to state your situation and explain why you cannot attend the jury summons. If you don’t know how to go about it, here is a sample letter to be excused from jury summons.
The Letter must be addressed to the Jury Administration
Subject: Request to be disqualified from Jury Service
Content: I have received a jury summon stating that I must participate in jury service. I feel privileged and honored to serve my country in such a capacity. However, my current situation prevents me from accepting this important form of service.
I am over 70 years old and do not wish to participate
I am not a citizen of the United States
I am currently in a correctional facility.
I don’t speak or understand English (I speak better Spanish, French, Chinese, etc.)
I thank you for your understanding.
You can choose any of the reasons above as they are valid reasons to refuse jury service. The case of those who state that they do not speak or understand English is a little peculiar. If you will be writing your letter to be excused for jury summons, make sure you state the reason why you don’t speak English properly. You can also check out other sample letters for various uses.