Vermont - List of Jury Duty Excuses
Vermont - Getting Excused From Jury Duty
While jury duty is a civic requirement for all eligible citizens in Vermont, 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.
Vermont has a list of specific excuses that can be used to be exempt from reporting for jury duty, including excuses for military, 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 VT.
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, Vermont 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.
Students in Vermont can be exempt from jury duty by providing their school ID or class schedule.
Any prospective juror with a mental or physical conditions that would keep them from serving as a juror will be excused from service by providing a detailed letter from a health care provider.
Prospective jurors may request to be excused from or postpone jury service by reasons of undue hardship, financial reasons, travel out of state, or because they are providing care for another person. All decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Every juror wishing to be excused must provide a detailed letter clearly explaining the circumstance and supporting documentation, to the Jury Administration Office. Examples include: letter from a health care provider, copy of travel reservations, or copy of student’s ID or class schedule.
Can I Get Excused From Jury Duty Because I Work?
In Vermont, 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 Vermont 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.