Louisiana - List of Jury Duty Excuses
Louisiana - Getting Excused From Jury Duty
While jury duty is a civic requirement for all eligible citizens in Louisiana, 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.
Louisiana 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, breastfeeding, age, police, medical worker, firefighter and disability. You can also be excused if you don't meet the basic eligibility requirements for jury duty in LA.
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.
Louisiana has a statutory exemption that allows individuals over a certain age to request exemption from jury duty. Persons 70 years of age and older may claim an exemption from jury duty if they are summoned and do not wish to serve.
In Lousiana, a physician licensed to practice medicine has to verify that a mental or physical condition renders the person unfit for jury service for a period of up to twenty-four months in order to be excused from jury service.
Postponement of jury duty may be granted for medical or physical condition rendering prospective juror incapable of service; undue or extreme physical hardship to the juror or someone under their care; or other reasons by the Jury Commission. Instructions on excusal requests are given in the jury summons. Procedure may vary per parish.
Statewide, the only excuses are if you have served in the last two years, or are older than 70 years of age.
Can I Get Excused From Jury Duty Because I Work?
In Louisiana, 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 Louisiana 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.