Wyoming - List of Jury Duty Excuses
Wyoming - Getting Excused From Jury Duty
While jury duty is a civic requirement for all eligible citizens in Wyoming, 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.
Wyoming has a list of specific excuses that can be used to be exempt from reporting for jury duty, including excuses for military, student, breastfeeding, age, medical worker and disability. You can also be excused if you don't meet the basic eligibility requirements for jury duty in WY.
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.
Wyoming 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 elected public officials in Wyoming are exempt from acting as a juror.
Any active member of a police department of a city, town or law enforcement agency of the county or state is exempt from serving as a juror.
A salaried and active member of an organized fire department is exempt from jury service.
No provisions in the Wyoming statute automatically excuse any individuals from jury duty on the basis of disability.
A juror may be excused only when material injury or destruction to their property or property entrusted to them is threatened, or when their health or the sickness or death of a member of their family requires the absence from jury duty.
The court shall discharge a prospective juror if it satisfactorily appears that the person is not competent to serve as juror.
A prospective juror may be excused from jury duty when the care of that person's young children requires their absence.
A person claiming an exemption by occupation, age, or hardship must file an affidavit with the clerk of the summoning court, who will deliver it to the judge of the court for discretion. Failure to file will waive the exemption.
Can I Get Excused From Jury Duty Because I Work?
In Wyoming, 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 Wyoming 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.