Excuse/Disqualification From Jury Service

Excuse Request


 If any of the following criteria applies, a prospective juror MAY request an excuse from service in writing:

 

  • Is under the age of 70 and has a physical or mental disability that would prevent them from serving. A doctor must provide a note verifying the disability and the note must specify the period for which the medical excuse is valid up to one year

     

  • Will experience extreme financial hardship - NOTE: You must attach a signed statement from your employer, on business letterhead verifying loss of pay

     

  • Has a verifiable, non-professional obligation to provide care for another between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday and alternative arrangements are not feasible. Must provide the following information:

1.   Ages(s) of person(s) cared for

2.   Your relationship to person(s) cared for

3.   Type of care provided

 

In order to request an excuse from jury service, the juror must complete and return the Juror Response Form at least 5 working days prior to your  service date. If you have lost or misplaced your jury summons please complete Juror disqualification form and submit at lest 5 working days prior to your jury service.

 

Occupational reasons are not permissible when requesting exemption from service. Inconvenience to a prospective trial juror or an employer is not a legal reason for excusal from jury service, however you may request a postponement for this reason. If you are not able to appear on your scheduled date, you may request a postponement of your service online using our Self-Service Jury System.


Disqualification Request  

 

 A prospective juror MAY request disqualification from jury service if any of the following criteria applies and submit in writing:

 

  • Is serving in the military - You must provide branch of service and duty station


  • Has fulfilled obligation as a Grand Juror or Trial Juror in the past 12 months or is now or will be serving soon as a Grand Juror or Trial Juror on  another case


  • Is not a citizen of the United States - You must provide country of Citizenship and Passport/Alien Registration Card Number


  • Is not a resident of Yolo County - You must provide your new residential address out of the county and submit to the Jury Services Office

 

  • Is a convicted felon and civil rights have not been restored - You must provide the county and date of your conviction

 

  • Is under conservatorship - You must provide the court name and case number

 

  • Is a peace officer as defined in sections 830.1, 83032(a), or 830.33(a) of the Penal Code - You must provide agency name and badge number



Please be sure to update your Department Motor Vehicles record as well as your Voter Registration record 


Requests for disqualification from jury service, the juror must complete and return the Juror Response Form at least 5 working days prior to your service date.

 

Occupational reasons are not permissible when requesting exemption from service. Inconvenience to a prospective trial juror or an employer is not a legal reason for disqualification from jury service, however you may request a postponement for this reason. If you are not able to appear on your scheduled date, you may request a postponement of your service online using our Self-Service Jury System.