Oregon - List of Jury Duty Excuses
Oregon - Getting Excused From Jury Duty
While jury duty is a civic requirement for all eligible citizens in Oregon, 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.
Oregon has a list of specific excuses that can be used to be exempt from reporting for jury duty, including excuses for elected official, student, age, police, medical worker, firefighter and disability. You can also be excused if you don't meet the basic eligibility requirements for jury duty in OR.
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.
Oregon has a statutory exemption that allows individuals over a certain age to request exemption from jury duty. Citizens over the age of 70 can be exempt from jury service under this age exception.
Active members of the Oregon National Guard and the Oregon Air National Guard are exempt from jury service.
Active duty members of the U.S. armed forces should consult their superior officers to determine status and whether exemption applies.
A request may be made in writing by a mother who is breastfeeding and wishes to be excused from jury service in Oregon.
There is no automatic exemption from jury duty in Oregon. Excuses may need to be made in writing.
A prospective juror who is the personally sole caregiver and tends to a child or other dependent during normal court hours, and is unable to afford or make other arrangements for the care of the dependent, may be excused from service.
A prospective juror may be excused from jury service upon showing that service would cause undue hardship or extreme inconvenience to them or the person's family, employer or the public.
With good cause shown, a prospective juror may be allowed to defer jury service to any other term beginning within one year after the end of the term for which they were originally summoned.
Can I Get Excused From Jury Duty Because I Work?
In Oregon, 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 Oregon 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.