New Hampshire - List of Jury Duty Excuses
New Hampshire - Getting Excused From Jury Duty
While jury duty is a civic requirement for all eligible citizens in New Hampshire, 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.
New Hampshire has a list of specific excuses that can be used to be exempt from reporting for jury duty, including excuses for 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 NH.
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.
New Hampshire has a statutory exemption that allows individuals over a certain age to request exemption from jury duty. A prospective juror aged 70 or older may ask to be discharged from jury service.
In the state of New Hampshire, members of the military on active service are exempt from jury duty.
In New Hampshire, any delegate to a constitutional convention may be exempt from jury service when the constitutional convention is in session.
Students in New Hampshire may ask to postpone jury service only if they are attending school out of state.
Full-time police officers are exempt from District Court only
Volunteer member of a rescue force or ambulance crew for a public agency may request to be exempt from District Court.
Full-time paid members of professional fire departments are exempt for District Court.
Volunteer firefighters may request to be exempt from District Court.
Prospective juror must be deemed by the court to be mentally or physically unfit to act as a juror in order to be discharged.
A prospective juror cannot serve on a grand or petit jury if they have a case that may tried at same time in the same level of court.
Postponement may be granted for one month if jury service would create undue hardship or extreme inconvenience (such as having travel plans or work commitments) or if a temporary medical condition would prevent satisfactory service. Medical script may be required.
Can I Get Excused From Jury Duty Because I Work?
In New Hampshire, 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 New Hampshire 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.