Requesting an Excuse

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All requests to be excused from jury service must be submitted in writing.

Prior Jury Service

This excuse is for those people who have actually heard testimony. Please fax proof of your prior jury service to 213-894-3751 or e-mail it to If you participated in the jury selection process but were not selected, you cannot claim this excuse.

Physical or Mental Disability

You must fully explain your situation on the questionnaire. If you are employed, you must also include a doctor’s note. Please fax the doctor's note to 213-894-3751 or e-mail it to

Child Care / Care of a Dependant

Please provide a detailed explanation of your work arrangements and the type of care you are providing, including the ages of those for whom you are caring and the time periods during which you provide care.


If you are completing the questionnaire for someone else, please provide your name and relation to the person summoned. (Provide this information on the first question of the online questionnaire.)


If you are claiming a hardship because you live 80 miles or more (one-way) from the court, you must explain your hardship and why staying overnight at the court’s expense would not relieve that hardship. Provide this information in the “Requesting an Excuse” section.  

Financial / Business / Employment Hardship

To claim these excuses, you must provide all of the following information in the “Financial Hardship” section:

     a.  Employer's name;
     b.  Number of employees who work for the company;
     c.  Number of days you would get paid for jury service;
     d.  Number of people who live in your household (provide ages);
     e.  Number of people who are employed;
     f.  Total monthly income from all sources; and
     g.  Total major monthly expenses.

Please include any other pertinent information.