Indiana - List of Jury Duty Excuses
Indiana - Getting Excused From Jury Duty
While jury duty is a civic requirement for all eligible citizens in Indiana, 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.
Indiana has a list of specific excuses that can be used to be exempt from reporting for jury duty, including excuses for elected official, student, breastfeeding, age, police, medical worker and firefighter. You can also be excused if you don't meet the basic eligibility requirements for jury duty in IN.
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.
Indiana has a statutory exemption that allows individuals over a certain age to request exemption from jury duty. A juror over the age of 75 may be exempted from service by notifying the jury administrator
In the state of Indiana, active military duty in the Armed Forces or Indiana National Guard are exempt from jury duty.
Indiana statutes do not provide for any exemptions from jury service except for active military or jurors 75 years of age, or older.
Excuses and exemptions are solely at the discretion of courts.
A juror may be exempt if they are incapable of rendering satisfactory jury service due to physical or mental disability and submit a physician's or authorized Christian Science practitioner's certificate confirming the disability.
A juror may be exempt if they have a mental incapacity and have been appointed a guardian under section IC 29-3.
A person scheduled to appear for jury service, who shows hardship, extreme inconvenience, or necessity; may apply for deferral 1 time by contacting the jury administrator via telephone, e-mail, in writing, or in person; if they have not previously been granted a deferral; and select an alternate date to appear within 1 year of the original, and if court will be in session for that date.
Can I Get Excused From Jury Duty Because I Work?
In Indiana, 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 Indiana 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.