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Reasons for Excusal


Excusals may be granted for many reasons, but must meet the statutory requirements and be submitted by fax or email five (5) days in advance of service with proper documentation. After submitting contact information through the Juror Web Portal, notice of excusal or deferral will be sent via E-notifications or a physical mailed notice indicating if the request was approved or denied. E-notifications are immediate. A physical mailed notice may take 7-10 business days to arrive.

Still need more help? Contact the Jury Commission. phone (614) 645-7726 email JuryCommission@fcmcclerk.com fax (614) 645-0515

Active Military

Persons in active military status are not required to serve. Copies of juror’s orders are required.

Age

Persons 75 years of age or older can qualify to be excused but are still welcome to serve. Persons under the age of 18 are not eligible to serve.

Caregiver

Persons who are the sole caregiver to an ill or disabled family member can qualify to be excused. Written documentation from the family member’s physician is required.

Child Care

Persons who have an obligation to provide childcare during business hours Monday through Friday and do not have a comparable care solution are eligible to be excused.

Criminal Record

Persons who have prior felony convictions that have not been expunged are not eligible to serve.

Full-Time Student

Persons who are currently enrolled as a full-time student can qualify to be excused but are still welcome to serve.

Loss of Income

Persons who have an employer that does not pay for jury service are eligible to be excused. Please be sure to check the company’s complete policy on how jury service is handled. *Also see Self-Employed

Medical Reasons

Persons with a serious medical condition that would cause a hardship are eligible for an excusal. Medical excuse form and a physician’s note are required.

Medical Excuse Form

Non-English Speaking

Jurors are required to be able to speak, read, write, and communicate effectively in the English language.

Non-Resident or Non-Citizen

Persons who are no longer a resident of Franklin County or the United States are not eligible to serve. Proof of the new address is required.

Recent Jury Service

Persons who have served on jury duty within the last two years are eligible to be excused.

Self-Employed

Persons who are self-employed and would suffer a financial hardship are not required to serve. The first page of the most recent tax return is required.