North Carolina - List of Jury Duty Excuses
North Carolina - Getting Excused From Jury Duty
While jury duty is a civic requirement for all eligible citizens in North Carolina, 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.
North Carolina has a list of specific excuses that can be used to be exempt from reporting for jury duty, including excuses for elected official, 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 NC.
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.
North Carolina has a statutory exemption that allows individuals over a certain age to request exemption from jury duty. Citizens over the age of 72 can be exempt from jury service under this age exception.
A prospective juror 72 years of age or older may request to be excused, deferred, or exempt by completing and mailing back the summons and supporting age documentation.
A prospective juror on active military duty must send in valid proof of military orders to be excused.
If the prospective juror is taking classes or exams as a full-time student at any out of state institution, they shall be excused from jury service upon request supported by documentation showing enrollment.
In North Carolina, a prospective juror with a disability that could interfere with their ability to serve may ask to be excused, deferred, or exempted by mailing back the completed summons with a brief explanation of the condition. The court may or may not subsequently request for supporting physician's letter.
A prospective juror applying for excuse will granted only for reasons of compelling personal hardship or because requiring jury service would be contrary to the public welfare, health, or safety.
There are otherwise no automatic exemptions based on occupation.
Can I Get Excused From Jury Duty Because I Work?
In North Carolina, 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 North Carolina 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.