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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.

General Excuses

These excuses are available on our 
website or you can send a letter:

  • 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