Georgia - List of Jury Duty Excuses
Georgia - Getting Excused From Jury Duty
While jury duty is a civic requirement for all eligible citizens in Georgia, 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.
Georgia has a list of specific excuses that can be used to be exempt from reporting for jury duty, including excuses for elected official, breastfeeding, age and disability. You can also be excused if you don't meet the basic eligibility requirements for jury duty in GA.
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.
Georgia has a statutory exemption that allows individuals over a certain age to request exemption from jury duty. In the state of Georgia, any person 70 years of age or older is entitled to make a request to the board of jury commissioners or its clerk in writing, accompanied by an affidavit giving the person's name, age, and such other information as the board may require, in order to be excluded from further jury duty.
Any service member on ordered military duty or the spouse of any such service member can requests to be excused or deferred by presenting a copy of a valid military identification card and executed affidavit.
In the state of Georgia, legislators are exempt from jury duty only when legislation is in session.
In the state of Geogia, full-time students enrolled and taking classes or exams in college, university, vocational school, or other postsecondary school may request and be excused or deferred from jury duty.
In the state of Georgia, a primary caregiver having active care and custody of a child 6 years of age or younger and has no reasonably available alternative child care is exempt from jury duty.
Courts to provide affidavits for requesting deferral or excusal from jury service to date and time in current or succeeding term.
Persons in health care, public safety, or those who can show other good cause, may be exempt from jury duty.
Primary teachers of home school program having no reasonably available alternate home schooling program for the students shall execute an affidavit swearing the above and be excused or deferred from jury duty.
Can I Get Excused From Jury Duty Because I Work?
In Georgia, 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 Georgia 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.