Sample Letter to Get Out of Jury Duty

How Can I Get Out of Jury Duty?

Jury duty can be an exciting and educational experience for many people. Unfortunately for the vast majority of us, jury duty is seen as an annoyance. Many people dread getting called for jury duty. Fortunately you can legally avoid jury duty in most cases. Here is a sample letter you can send that can help you to avoid jury duty.

Dear Honorable Judge John Smith,

I was called for jury duty but unfortunately I have a lot of personal issues in my life currently. I am a single parent who lives paycheck to paycheck and am barely getting by as it is. The stipend I would receive for jury duty is much less than what I would get from my job. I would love the opportunity to serve on a jury but I cannot afford to even miss a day of work when I am sick. With my current workload, my employer also cannot afford to have me miss work as this is our busiest season and I am vital to the success of the company as I am the one who deals directly with developing new business channels.

I am also very busy in the evening time where I try and balance my time between my child and the part-time college courses I am enrolled in. I hope to make a better life for my son and I by obtaining a college degree but it is very time consuming. The dates of the trial and jury selection correspond with the dates that I am going to be taking my finals. If I was called to jury duty I would lose out an entire semester of school.

I believe strongly in the judicial system and would love to have an opportunity to sever as a juror but unfortunately I am not in a position where I could serve currently. I ask the court to please take my personal situation in mind and allow me to not serve this jury duty because of my personal situation.


Jane Doe

The letter above is simply a sample letter to get out of jury duty. You should tailor it to your own unique situation. Most people can come up with valid reasons they should be allowed to not serve on a jury.

Reasons you may want to include in your letter to the judge or court could include a medical problems that could interfere with your ability to serve such as severe migraines. In the letter you should mention any hardships in your life that could interfere with your ability to serve on a jury.

When you write your letter to the court you should never lie about your hardships to get out of jury duty, but you can slightly exaggerate your hardships in an effort to help the court realize you are not currently fit or able to serve on a jury.

If all else fails you can also get a letter from your employer or Doctor to help support your position that you cannot serve on a jury.