Idaho - List of Jury Duty Excuses
Idaho - Getting Excused From Jury Duty
While jury duty is a civic requirement for all eligible citizens in Idaho, 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.
Idaho 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 and firefighter. You can also be excused if you don't meet the basic eligibility requirements for jury duty in ID.
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.
Idaho has a statutory exemption that allows individuals over a certain age to request exemption from jury duty. Prospective jurors 70 years of age or older can indicate to be excused on the qualification questionnaire form.
Reinstatement can be made via written request.
In the state of Idaho, the period of time excused from jury duty is decided by the courts
Persons may request to be exempt from serving on jury 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.
Postponement may be granted by the court or the jury commissioner, for a period of time deemed necessary by the courts, only upon a showing:
- undue hardship
- extreme inconvenience
- public necessity
- if the juror is a breastfeeding mother
Written statements setting forth the reason for the request and the anticipated date that the reason will no longer exist shall be provided to the courts. Medical reasons to be accompanied by statement from a medical provider supporting the request.
Individuals on a church mission out of state and not returning to Idaho for at least 1 year may be excused from service by filling out on questionnaire.
Can I Get Excused From Jury Duty Because I Work?
In Idaho, 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 Idaho 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.