Nevada - List of Jury Duty Excuses
Nevada - Getting Excused From Jury Duty
While jury duty is a civic requirement for all eligible citizens in Nevada, 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.
Nevada has a list of specific excuses that can be used to be exempt from reporting for jury duty, including excuses for military, student, breastfeeding, age and medical worker. You can also be excused if you don't meet the basic eligibility requirements for jury duty in NV.
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.
Nevada has a statutory exemption that allows individuals over a certain age to request exemption from jury duty. Between the ages of 65-70+ is when potential jurors may file for an age exemption from jury duty.
All prospective jurors over 70 years of age exempt from serving, by application via affidavit or as prescribed by the summoning court.
A prospective juror over 65 years of age, who lives 65 miles or more from the court is exempt from serving by application via affidavit or as otherwise prescribed by the summoning court.
Any member of the Legislature or any employee of the Legislature or the Legislative Counsel Bureau in Nevada is excused while the Legislature is in session.
There are no statewide provisions in Nevada for breastfeeding mothers.
Any police officer as defined by NRS 617.135 is exempt from service on jury.
State Fire marshals are exempt from service on jury by the "police officer" definition of NRS 617.135
A prospective juror may request a permanent exclusion from jury service filing certification from a physician that the juror is chronically incapacitated by illness or injury.
A prospective juror may be temporarily excused on the account of personal sickness or physical disability; the serious illness or death of a member of the juror’s immediate family;
Undue hardship or extreme inconvenience; or public necessity; or if the juror is the primary caregiver of another person who has a documented medical condition which requires the assistance of another person at all times.
Anyone defined as police officer under NRS 617.135 is exempt from jury service (fire marshals, park rangers)
Can I Get Excused From Jury Duty Because I Work?
In Nevada, 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 Nevada 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.