Connecticut - List of Jury Duty Excuses
Connecticut - Getting Excused From Jury Duty
While jury duty is a civic requirement for all eligible citizens in Connecticut, 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.
Connecticut has a list of specific excuses that can be used to be exempt from reporting for jury duty, including excuses for student, age, police, medical worker and firefighter. You can also be excused if you don't meet the basic eligibility requirements for jury duty in CT.
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.
Connecticut has a statutory exemption that allows individuals over a certain age to request exemption from jury duty. In the state of Connecticut, jurors over 70 years of age may request, in writing or online, to be excluded from further jury selection.
In the state of Connecticut, members of active service in the Armed Forces or spouses of members are excluded form jury duty.
In the state of Connecticut, elected officials holding titles of: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the State, Treasurer, Comptroller or Attorney General are excluded from jury duty service.
In the state of Connecticut, breastfeeding mothers may defer from jury duty for up to 10 months.
Persons may request to be disqualified from serving jury duty permanently due to a disability for which a licensed physician has submitted a letter stating the physician's opinion that the disability permanently renders the unsatisfactory performance of jury service.
Can I Get Excused From Jury Duty Because I Work?
In Connecticut, 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 Connecticut 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.