Reasons for Being Excused from Jury Service

Reasons for Being Excused - What if I cannot serve

You can only be excused from jury duty for:
  • Any reason deemed sufficient by the court
  • Medical reasons
  • Public necessity
  • Undue hardship
  • Dependent care
  • Student Status
  • Military conflict
Medical Excuses
  • You need to submit a letter from your healthcare provider stating due to a medical condition you are unable to serve at this time.
  • Without a doctor's letter your request to be excused for a medical condition will not be considered. Please note, the court does not keep past medical certificates or letters on file.
Employment Conflict or a Financial Hardship Excuses
  • You need to submit a letter from your employer on their letterhead, stating they cannot release you from your duties at this time.
  • Submit a letter they do not compensate you for jury duty and it would be a financial hardship for you.
  • The letter should be signed by you and your employer.
  • If you are a business owner please provide excusal letter on your company letterhead, provide a copy of your business license or business card along with excusal letter.
  • First responders can send an email from their work email requesting to be excused for work reasons.
General Excuses

  • Currently a full time student
    • Students must submit current school schedule or admission paperwork with name printed on it to our office.
  • Jury duty within the past year
    • Will require an attendance sheet to verify jury service.
  • Lack of child or dependent care
  • Military duty - may also be a valid reason to ask to be excused from jury duty
    • Will require a letter from superior.
  • Under the age of 18
All Excusals may be sent, emailed or faxed to our office
  • Jury Administration
930 Tacoma Ave S, Rm 123
Tacoma, WA 98402
  • You may postpone only ONE time up to 6 months from the date you have been selected to serve Jury Duty.
  • Do not postpone to future date to obtain an excusal
  • Postponements may not be excused. Once selected it is a firm date, the court will expect you to serve on that date
Not Qualified To Serve As a Juror in Pierce County
  • Felony Conviction and rights have not been restored
  • Do not speak English
  • Not a US Citizen
  • No longer live in Pierce County
  • Deceased - Click on this link to remove the person from juror database:  Remove Name