Hawaii - List of Jury Duty Excuses
Hawaii - Getting Excused From Jury Duty
While jury duty is a civic requirement for all eligible citizens in Hawaii, 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.
Hawaii has a list of specific excuses that can be used to be exempt from reporting for jury duty, including excuses for elected official, student, age and disability. You can also be excused if you don't meet the basic eligibility requirements for jury duty in HI.
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.
Hawaii has a statutory exemption that allows individuals over a certain age to request exemption from jury duty. In the state of Hawaii, a person eighty years of age or older can be exempt from service by filing and submitting a juror questionnaire.
In the state of Hawaii, armed forces or militia when on active service and deployed out-of-state are exempt from jury duty.
In the state of Hawaii, elected officials are exempt from jury duty only when legislature is in session.
In the state of Hawaii, breastfeeding mothers wishing to be exempt from service must telephone the jury pool office of the summoning court for instructions.
The following are exempt from jury service:
- Elected officials while legislature in session
- any judge of the United States
- actively practicing physician or dentist
- armed forces or militia when on active service and deployed out-of-state
- active police officers or firefighters or medical services
- persons living more than seventy miles from the summoning court
Jurors showing that jury duty would entail a serious personal hardship could be excused. Applications must be made in writing, with supporting documents for reason, and mailed to the summoning court, postmarked at least two (2) weeks prior to summons date.
Can I Get Excused From Jury Duty Because I Work?
In Hawaii, 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 Hawaii 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.