Colorado - List of Jury Duty Excuses
Colorado - Getting Excused From Jury Duty
While jury duty is a civic requirement for all eligible citizens in Colorado, there are a number of excuses that can be used to legally get out of being required to report for jury selection or jury duty, or receive a deferral.
Colorado has a list of specific excuses that can be used to be exempt from reporting for jury duty, including excuses for military, elected official, student, age, police, medical worker, firefighter and disability. You can also be excused if you don't meet the basic eligibility requirements for jury duty in CO.
Generally, if you qualify for one of the statutory excuses, you can respond to your jury duty summons letter with an excuse note containing proof of your excuse, and you will not have to report for jury selection.
While many states allow individuals over a certain age to request exemption from jury duty on account of their age, Colorado has no such statutory exemption. Elderly individuals may still be able to request exemption from jury duty on account of health, mobility, or other factors.
Jury duty in Colorado is based on ability to serve, not age.
Breast feeding mothers in Colorado are excused from jury duty for up to two consecutive postponements of 12 months each.
If you have a physical or mental disability that would prohibit you from serving as a juror, or are a permanent caretaker for a disabled person, you may be excused. However, where possible, ADA accommodations will be made to allow disabled jurors to serve.
Jurors are entitled to one postponement, not exceeding 6 months. Request with alternate date can be made to the jury commissioner in writing or via telephone.
A person may be temporarily excused from service as a juror if the service would cause undue or extreme physical hardship to them or to another person under their direct care or supervision. Requests must be supported with documentation (ie. medical notes, guardianship certificates)
Excuses can be filed electronically or in writing by mail when responding to questionnaire. All requests must be submitted well ahead of time to allow for processing. Until court decides otherwise and informs via e-mail or post mail; jurors are on-call for duty.
Can I Get Excused From Jury Duty Because I Work?
In Colorado, your employer is not allowed to penalize you for missing work for jury duty. Therefore, simply having a job isn't in itself enough to be excused from jury duty. However, some courts may excuse you if serving on a jury and missing work would cause undue hardship to either yourself or your employer.
Submitting A Jury Duty Excuse Letter
If you do not qualify for any of the Colorado statutory exemptions listed above but seriously think that attending jury selection would cause you undue hardship, you can always submit a jury duty excuse letter with your response to the summons, and ask to be excused. It will be at the discretion of the court that summoned you whether to accept or deny your excuse.
Remember - A Jury Selection Summons Doesn't Mean You'll Be On A Jury
Keep in mind that your initial jury duty summons is only for attending jury selection day, where it will be decided if you are to actually serve on a jury during the "Voir Dire" process. If you can't get out of attending jury selection, there are many ways to raise the odds that you will be excused after jury selection without being selected to serve on a jury.