Utah - List of Jury Duty Excuses
Utah - Getting Excused From Jury Duty
While jury duty is a civic requirement for all eligible citizens in Utah, 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.
Utah 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, 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 UT.
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, Utah 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.
A breastfeeding mother may request to be excused from service by affidavit, sworn testimony, or other competent evidence in order to be excused from jury duty service.
There is no automatic statutory exemptions or excusal for jury duty as a result of disability. Exemption requests may need to be made through writing.
A prospective juror may be granted excused from jury service upon a showing:
of undue hardship; or that the individual is incapable of jury service; or out of public necessity. Excuse may be requested by affidavit, sworn testimony, or other competent evidence and granted for a period of time that the conditions exist.
No other qualified prospective juror is exempt from jury service.
Can I Get Excused From Jury Duty Because I Work?
In Utah, 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 Utah 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.