Nebraska - List of Jury Duty Excuses
Nebraska - Getting Excused From Jury Duty
While jury duty is a civic requirement for all eligible citizens in Nebraska, 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.
Nebraska 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, medical worker and firefighter. You can also be excused if you don't meet the basic eligibility requirements for jury duty in NE.
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.
Nebraska has a statutory exemption that allows individuals over a certain age to request exemption from jury duty. Citizens over the age of 65 can be exempt from jury service under this age exception.
A nursing mother can request to be excused from jury service until she is no longer breastfeeding by filing the jury qualification form with the jury commissioner, along with a physician's certificate.
Sheriffs in the state of Nebraska are excused from jury duty service.
Prospective jurors who claim physical or mental disability as an excuse to not perform jury service may be required to supply a physician’s statement of disability.
A prospective juror is automatically exempt from duty if their spouse has been summoned for the same jury panel
or the juror or their spouse is a party to a trial for which you are summoned as a juror.
A prospective juror may request postponement for a limited period of jury service if they can show undue hardship, extreme inconvenience, or public necessity to do so.
Can I Get Excused From Jury Duty Because I Work?
In Nebraska, 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 Nebraska 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.