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What reasons will the court accept to be excused from jury duty?

If you need to be excused from jury duty, the ONLY reasons the Court will consider as valid for an excused absence are:

  • Extended absence from Wayne County (for example, service in the armed forces, attendance at an out-of-area college or university, etc.); if this is your situation, please send a letter immediately indicating so.
  • Illness requiring the care of a physician on the date you are to appear. A request to be excused from service for this reason will require a medical doctor’s written excuse.
  • Vacation, business trips, or any other short-term absence from Wayne County will not be considered an excused absence UNLESS THE COURT IS NOTIFIED 2-3 WEEKS IN ADVANCE OF THE DATES YOU WILL BE GONE. You must let us know of any dates you will be on vacation, preferably as soon as possible, but in no event later than 2-3 weeks prior to the date you will be leaving.