North Dakota - List of Jury Duty Excuses
North Dakota - Getting Excused From Jury Duty
While jury duty is a civic requirement for all eligible citizens in North Dakota, 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 Dakota 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 and firefighter. You can also be excused if you don't meet the basic eligibility requirements for jury duty in ND.
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.
While many states allow individuals over a certain age to request exemption from jury duty on account of their age, North Dakota has no such statutory exemption. Elderly individuals may still be able to request exemnption from jury duty on account of health, mobility, or other factors.
In North Dakota, claiming this disqualification may require the prospective juror to submit a physician's certificate as to the disability.
A prospective juror may be excused from jury service for a period the court deems necessary upon a showing undue hardship, extreme inconvenience, or public necessity.
Can I Get Excused From Jury Duty Because I Work?
In North Dakota, 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 Dakota 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.