Jury · Excuses, Postponements and Transfers


Excuses, Postponements and Transfers for Jurors Serving in Los Angeles County Courts


EXCUSES

To Request an Excuse
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All requests for excuses must be in writing on the jury summons. Requests to be excused from service can be made by marking the appropriate box in Section B on your summons, and then checking the appropriate box (C-F) that applies to your excuse, and explaining your request in Section D.

Section A, Steps 1 and 2 must be completed in its entirety, answering all questions in Section A, even when requesting an excuse. Once Section A is completed, and you complete your request for excuse on the summons, you must call the 1-800-778-5879 number, register for jury service, and request an excuse when prompted to do so. You will be prompted by the automated system to register your appropriate excuse request. The automated system will guide you through the registration process and provide you with the ability to request an excuse. Please note that you will need to provide your request on the summons. Failure to provide a complete explanation on your summons may cause you to be automatically qualified for jury service.

You may also request an excuse online by selecting “My Jury Duty Portal” on the jury website (see “online information” for additional information).


Medical Excuses
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To request a medical excuse your physician must complete Section E of your summons, if you are under the age of 70. If you are over 70, a physician’s statement is NOT required, but you must provide your age, date of birth and the reason for your medical excuse in the space provided in Section D. All requests for excuse must be signed in Section G.

Online Requests: You may also request a medical excuse online by going to the jury website and selecting “My Jury Duty Portal”. Select the “MyInfo” tab and complete the requested information (if you have not registered for service, also select the “My Summons” tab), and then select the “Excuse” tab (see “online information” for additional information).

Note: If you are under the age of 70, requesting a medical excuse online will put your summons in “pending” status and allow you approximately 30-60 days to have your doctor complete Section E of your summons and return it to the court.


Financial Hardship Excuses
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Financial Hardship requests are strictly scrutinized. The fact that your employer does not pay for jury service is not sufficient grounds for excuse. You must be able to demonstrate how service as a juror will cause you EXTREME hardship. Section C must be completed, and Section G must be signed and dated. Failure to complete Section C in its entirety will cause you to be automatically qualified for jury service.

Online Requests: You may also request a financial hardship excuse online by going to the jury website and selecting “My Jury Duty Portal”. Select the “MyInfo” tab and complete the requested information (if you have not registered for service, also select the “My Summons” tab), and then select the “Excuse” tab (see “online information” for additional information).


Previous Completed Jurors
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If you have served as a trial or grand juror within the past 12 months, you are not required to serve again at this time, unless you wish to do so. If you do not wish to serve, complete Section A, in its entirety, and Section B #13. If you served in Los Angeles County, please provide us with your JID Number in Section D (if available). If you served outside Los Angeles County you will need to provide us with your certificate of completion. Sign and date Section G.

Online Requests: You may also request a prior service excuse online by going to the jury website and selecting “My Jury Duty Portal”. Select the “MyInfo” tab and complete the requested information, then complete the summons by selecting the “My Summons tab, and finally select the “Excuse” tab (see “online information” for additional information).


Non-English Speakers
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If you are requesting an excuse based on your inability to speak and/or understand basic English, you must first complete Section A, in its entirety, register for service by calling the 1-800-778-5879 number, and sign and date Section G, before we will consider your request. You will be given further instructions to mail back your completed summons.

Online Requests: The qualifications process may also be completed online by going to the jury website and selecting “My Jury Duty Portal”, and selecting the “MyInfo” and then “My Summons” tabs (see “online information” for additional information).


Non-U.S. Citizens
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If you are not a United States citizen you are not qualified to serve. You must, however, complete the qualification process by completing Section A, Step 1, answering all nine questions and signing Section G, and calling 1(800) 778-5879 (SRV-JURY).

Online Requests: The qualifications process may also be completed online by going to the jury website and selecting “My Jury Duty Portal”, and selecting the “MyInfo” and then “My Summons” tabs (see “online information” for additional information).


Residents Living Outside Los Angeles County
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If you currently reside outside Los Angeles County Complete Sections A, in its entirety, D, F, and sign and date Section G. Please provide us with your new address in Section D and provide us with a copy of one of the following with your new address: personal utility bill, proof of voter’s registration, driver’s license or property tax bill. Call 1(800) 778-5879 and follow the prompts for registration and then return the summons and proof of new address to us for processing.


U.S. Expatriates
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If you are an U.S. Citizen temporarily or permanently domiciled outside of the United States, please complete Section A, in its entirety, provide details and your address in Section D, and sign and date Section G. Mail your completed summons back to the court.

Online Requests: You may also complete your summons online by going to the jury website and selecting “My Jury Duty Portal”, and then select the “MyInfo” tab. Important: Under “MyInfo” do not change your address. Then select the “My Summons” tab and complete the requested information (indicating under Question #8 that you are not domiciled in this state).


Active Military Duty Personnel
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If you are on active military leave, please complete Section A, in its entirety, provide details in Section D, and sign and date Section G. Mail your completed summons back to the court.

Online Requests: You may also complete your summons online by going to the jury website and selecting “My Jury Duty Portal”, and then select the “MyInfo” tab. Important: Under “MyInfo” do not change your address. Then select the “My Summons” tab and complete the requested information (indicating under Question #8 that you are on active military duty).


Deceased Jurors
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If you have received a jury summons for a family member who is deceased, and the death occurred in Los Angeles County, complete Section F, sign and date Section G, and mail the summons back to the court. If the person’s death occurred outside Los Angeles County you must attach a copy of the death certificate.

Online Requests: This can also be completed online by selecting “My Jury Duty Portal” on the jury website, the selecting the “Special Handling” icon on the left side of the screen (see “online information” for additional information).


Exemptions for Peace Officers
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Active duty Peace Officers who are appointed under Penal Code 830.1, 830.2(a), are exempt from serving jury duty. Please complete Section A, in its entirety, and sign and date Section G. NOTE: Please make sure that you check with your commander to make sure that you were appointed under this Penal Code as you will be signing under penalty of perjury. Reserve Peace Officers appointed under Penal Code 830.33(a) are not exempt from serving, but are limited to serving on civil matters only.

Online Requests: You may also request an exemption by going to the jury website and selecting “My Jury Duty Portal” and completing the qualifications process by selecting “MyInfo” and then “My Summons” tabs (see “online information” for additional information).


POSTPONEMENTS

To Request a Postponement
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You can postpone the start of your jury service to a more convenient time. This can be accomplished by either calling the 1(800) 778-5879 (SRV-JURY) number on the summons, or by selecting “On-line Services” on the jury website. There are restrictions on how far in the future and how many times you may postpone. In emergency situations you may exceed these restrictions by calling the assembly room number located on the front of your form, or by calling 1-800-778-5879. You will not be able to postpone your service if you call the weekend prior to the week you are to start your service.

Online Requests: You may also request a postponement online by going to the jury website and selecting “My Jury Duty Portal”. Select the “MyInfo” tab (if you have not registered for service, also select the “My Summons” tab), then select the “Reschedule” tab (see “online information” for additional information).

Note: If you have registered previously by calling the 1-800-778-5879 number, and have not previously registered online, you will need to select the “MyInfo” tab and complete the requested information before can make any further requests online.


Postponements for Breastfeeding Mothers
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If you have been summoned for jury duty and are currently breastfeeding, you may postpone your jury service for up to 12 months by calling the 1-800-778-5879 (SRV-JURY) and talking with a jury service representative. Any additional postponements for breastfeeding must be renewed through the Juror Services Division by completing Sections A, B and D of your summons, and signing and dating Section G.


Students
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We do not excuse out-of-state students who are residents of Los Angeles County. You will need to postponement your service until one of the school breaks. If you are not a Los Angeles resident, you will need to complete Sections A of your summons, in its entirety, D, F, and sign and date Section G. You will also need to provide us with proof of residency by providing us with our new address in Section D and a copy of one of the following with your new address: personal utility bill, proof of voter’s registration, driver’s license or property tax bill.


Teachers
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The Court knows that it is difficult for teachers to serve during the school year. To make things more convenient we suggest that teachers try to postpone their jury service until one of their “Off-Track” periods when they are in school recess. (Please see “To Request a Postponement” for further instructions).


TRANSFERS

To Request a Court Transfers
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To transfer your jury service to another court location within Los Angeles county, you must provide a legally sufficient reason on your summons (Section D) briefly explaining why you are prevented from appearing at the courthouse to which you have been randomly summoned by the court's computer system. Only a true hardship is grounds for a transfer, inconvenience is not.

Possible grounds for transfer include:

  • You have no reasonable means of transportation to the court location that has summoned you.
  • Your work schedule requires you to work while serving as a juror, and serving at a courthouse closer to your work would allow you to perform jury service.
  • While serving as a juror you are required to provide dependant care to another and transferring to another court location allows you to provide that care.
  • You have a physical or mental impairment but are able to serve if moved to another court location.

**Please note:** Before you request a transfer to another location, you must first call the 1-800-778-5879 number and register for jury service. The automated system will guide you through the registration process and provide you with the ability to request a transfer.

Online Requests: You may also request a transfer online by going to the jury website and selecting “My Jury Duty Portal”. Select the “MyInfo” tab (if you have not registered for service, also select the “My Summons” tab), then select the “Reschedule” tab (see “online information” for additional information).