Jury Services Excuses

All of the excuses need to be submitted with the summons. If a summons cannot be submitted, please have the badge number referenced on a signed and dated letter. Some of these excuses can be submitted online. Please click on the Juror Login Page if your request can be submitted online.

Excuse 1 – Dependent Care

Jurors can be excused from jury service due to dependent care obligations by stating on the summons and signing under penalty of perjury one of the following:

  1. They are a nursing mother or foster parent. You can also submit this excuse online by clicking on the Juror Login Page
  2. They are a stay at home parent (non-paid grandparent or other relative) with a child under the age of 14, without friends and/or family to help, and cannot afford daycare. You can also submit this excuse online by clicking on the Juror Login Page
  3. They work nights and only have daycare at night. If they work nights so that they are available to care for their children during the day, they are eligible to be excused.
  4. They only have childcare while they are at work, and they have a child under the age of 14. The juror will need to note this on the summons.
  5. They care for a dependent relative.
    • If the relative is under age 70, the juror needs a note from the relative’s doctor stating that the juror is a care provider and needs to be excused. The juror must note this under the comments section, "Original Doctor’s Note: cares for (name of relative)."
    • If the relative is age 70 or older, lives with the juror, and the juror is not working, the juror can be excused without a doctor’s note. The juror must write on the comments sections on number 4. Explanation: "Cares for relative 70 or older(give age) that lives with me and I do not work."
  6. They are a nursing mother or foster parent.

Excuse 2 – Deceased

Jurors can be excused Deceased if a relative calls and says they are Deceased. They can also send the jury summons in with Deceased written under the Explanation number 4 and the summons mailed or faxed to us. You can also submit this excuse online by clicking on the Juror Login Page

Excuse 3 – Employed Outside US

Juror can be excused Employed Outside US by submitting their summons and a signed and dated letter from their employer (on letterhead) stating that they are being Employed outside US. If you will be back in the County within the next six months, please call to reschedule.

Excuse 4 – Financial Hardship

Jurors can be excused Financial Hardship if their employers do not pay them for jury duty or they are self-employed. They would submit their signed summons with a letter from their employer that is signed and dated in pen on the employer’s letterhead stating that there is NO PAY for Jury Duty If their employer doesn’t have letterhead or the letter is computer generated, submit the letter with a business card, copy of current business license, or by bank stamping the letter. If the juror is self-employed they would need to submit a business card or a copy of a current business license. It has to have their first and last name pre-printed on the forms to be accepted. They could also submit their schedule C, D, or E of their last year’s tax form. They could also send a copy of a Fictitious Business Statement). If the juror isn’t licensed and has no business cards they can submit 2 letters from their customers stating that they are providing services for them and if they report for jury duty they will not be paid. Letters need to be signed and dated by customers. If the juror is a Sub Employee with a school district or works for a daycare center we do not excuse with a letter. We will reschedule for the nearest break. If the daycare center does not have a break, they would need to state that they are "A year round Daycare Center with no breaks and NO PAY for serving on Jury Duty" on their letter.

Excuse 5 – Military

Jurors can be excused Military by stating under the explanation #4 that they are active duty military and signing their name at the red x at the bottom. If a relative receives the summons they can state their relation to the juror under the explanation # 4 and that the juror is active duty "My (relative) is active duty military" and they can sign their name at the red x. You can also submit this excuse online by clicking on the Juror Login Page

Excuse 6 – No Vehicle

Jurors can be excused No Vehicle if they live outside the city they are being summons too. For instance if a juror is summons to Bakersfield and they live in Delano and have no transportation to Bakersfield, they would state on the form under the explanation #4 they have no transportation to (the location they are being summons to) and sign their name at the red x at the bottom. If they can make arrangements to report they would have to advise the Judge once they report and if needed, we could reschedule.

Excuse 7 - Permanent Medical

Jurors can be excused Permanent Medical if they send their summons with a note from their Doctor that is signed and dated in pen (electronic signature or stamp is not accepted) stating to "permanently excused them for medical reasons" on the doctor’s letterhead or RX pad. If the doctor does it on computer generated letterhead one of his business cards will need to be attached to the note. If the juror is a patient of BARC, Kern Mental Health, Assisted living center, or Hospice Care a note on letterhead signed and dated (in pen) from the agency is accepted as well. If the juror is over 70 and has a medical issue they can be excused Perm Medical as well. They just need to state they are over 70 and have a medical issue. No doctor’s note is needed. It can be processed over the phone too. You can also submit this excuse online by clicking on the Juror Login Page

Excuse 8 – Peace Officer

Jurors can be excused Peace office if they fall under penal codes 830.1 or 830.2(a). They would need to state the agency they work for and their badge number under question 3C. and sign and date the form at the bottom. You can also submit this excuse online by clicking on the Juror Login Page . Correctional officers ,Reserve, Volunteer, or retired law enforcement officers are not exempt.

Excuse 9 – Student

Jurors can be excused Student by stating on their form under the explanation #4 that they are a student outside of Kern County and not home for breaks. Their relative can also sign and date the form and state "(relation to juror) is a student outside Kern Country and not home for breaks". If the juror is home for breaks we reschedule them for when they are home. If the juror goes to a vocational school (Kaplan, UOP, SJVC, or Santa Barbara Business College) they would need to submit the summons with a letter from their counselor on the College letter head stating they are attending the college and when they graduate. If they graduate before six months from their original summons date we will reschedule them for then. If they only go at night (after 5pm) or certain days, they cannot be excused they will have to come in on an off day and advise the judge.

Excuse 10 - Temporary Medical

Jurors can be excused Temporary Medical by sending back their summons with a note from their doctor signed and dated (in pen, stamped or electronic signature not accepted) on letterhead or RX pad stating to excuse them for medical reason. If they don’t state permanent or put a time limit on the note it is only good for 3 years from the date on the note. You can also be excused TM with a copy of the most recent SSI or Social Security Benefits letter (within the last three years).