Jury Services Excuses

  1. Excuse – Dependent Care

    Jurors can be excused from jury service due to dependent care obligations. They must meet one of the following requirements:

    • They are a nursing mother or foster parent. To submit this excuse, click on the Juror Login Page and fill out the questionnaire.
    • They are a stay at home parent, non-paid grandparent or other relative, with a child 13 years old or younger, and there is no one else available to watch the child. To submit an excuse, click on the Juror Login Page and fill out the questionnaire. Please note, if all children at home are above the age of 14, our department does not have the authority to approve excusal.
    • They only have childcare while they are at work and they have a child 13 years old or younger. Jurors can sign and date a letter, referencing their badge number, stating, “I only have childcare while I am at work. My children are (list ages of the children) and there is no one available to watch the children.” They can mail, scan and email or click on the Juror Login Page and upload the letter to the upload documents tab. Please note, if all children at home are above the age of 14, our department does not have the authority to approve excusal.
    • If they care for a dependent relative, over the age of 70, the juror needs a note from the relative’s doctor stating the juror is a care provider and needs to be excused from jury duty.
    • If they care for a dependent relative, over the age of 70, who lives with the juror, and the juror is the relative’s full time caregiver, the juror can be excused without a doctor’s note. The juror must sign and date a letter, referencing your badge number, stating, “I am a full time care provider for my (state relative and age) and we live together.” The juror can mail, scan and email or click on the Juror Login Page and upload the letter to the upload documents tab.
  2. Excuse – Deceased

    A juror can be excused if a relative calls and says the juror is deceased. An excuse can also be submitted online. Click on the Juror Login Page and fill out the questionnaire.

  3. Excuse – Employed Outside U.S.

    A juror who is employed outside the United States can be excused by submitting a signed and dated letter from their employer, on company letterhead, stating they are employed outside the U.S. If they will be back in the county within the next six months, they should call to reschedule. Jurors can also upload the letter on the Juror Login Page to the upload documents tab.

  4. Excuse – Financial Hardship
    • Jurors can be excused for financial hardship if their employer does not pay them for jury duty, or they are self-employed. To be excused, a juror must submit the signed summons with a letter from their employer, on company letterhead, stating they will not be paid for jury duty. The employer must sign and date the letter in pen. If the employer does not have letterhead, or the letter is computer generated, please also submit a business card, copy of current business license, or business stamp the letter. Jurors can also upload the letter on the Juror Login Page by clicking the upload documents tab
    • If the juror is self-employed, they will need to submit a letter stating so, along with a business card or copy of current business license. Please sign and date the letter and include the juror badge number. Preprinted documentation must include their first and last name. They can also submit schedule C, D or E of last year’s tax form. A copy of a fictitious business statement is also acceptable. If the juror is not licensed and does not have a business card, they can submit two customer letters stating 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 the customers. To submit an excuse, click on the Juror Login Page fill out the questionnaire and upload your proof to the upload documents tab.
    • If the juror is a school district substitute employee, or works for a daycare center, an excuse will not be granted. They can reschedule for the nearest break. If the daycare center does not have a break, they will need to submit a letter stating, "I am a year-round daycare provider with no breaks and will not be paid for serving jury duty."
  5. Excuse – Military

    Jurors can be excused for being an active military member. Click on the Juror Login Page and fill out the questionnaire.

  6. Excuse – No Transportation

    Jurors can be excused if they live outside the city in which they are summoned and they do not have transportation. To submit the excuse, please sign and date a letter, referencing the juror badge number, stating transportation is not available. The letter can be submitting on the Juror Login Page to the upload documents tab.

  7. Excuse - Temporary Medical

    Jurors can be temporarily excused for medical reasons by submitting a doctor’s note on letterhead or prescription pad. The note is good for 3 years. Jurors can also submit a copy of the most recent Social Security Income or Social Security Benefits letter. Please also include a signed and dated letter, referencing the badge number, stating you cannot serve for medical reasons. You can also upload the letter on the Juror Login Page to the upload documents tab and fill out the questionnaire.

  8. Excuse - Permanent Medical

    Jurors can be permanently excused for medical reasons by submitting a doctor’s note on letterhead or prescription pad. The note must be signed and dated in pen and state, "permanently excused for medical reasons." If the doctor’s note is on computer-generated letterhead, a business card must be attached. If the juror is a patient of BARC, Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, an assisted living center or hospice care, a signed and dated note on the agency’s letterhead will be accepted. Jurors can also upload the letter on the Juror Login Page to the upload documents tab.

    If the juror is over 70 years old and has a medical issue, they can be permanently excused. They need to notify Jury Services by phone, or by filling out the questionnaire on the Juror Login Page A doctor’s not is not required.

  9. Excuse – Peace Officer

    Jurors can be excused if they are a peace officer and fall under penal code 830.1 or 830.2(a). Correctional officers, reserve, volunteer or retired law enforcement officers are not exempt. To submit this excuse, please complete the questionnaire on the Juror Login Page

  10. Excuse – Student

    A juror can be excused for being a student by submitting a signed and dated letter, referencing their badge number, stating they are a student outside of Kern County and not home for breaks. A relative can also submit this information. Please include the relation to the juror. If the juror is home for breaks, we will reschedule them for when they are home. If the juror goes to a vocational school (Kaplan, UOP, SJVC, or Santa Barbara Business College) they will need to submit the summons with a letter from their counselor on the college letterhead, stating they are attending the college. If they graduate before six months from their original summons date, they will be rescheduled. If they only attend night school, or certain days, they cannot be excused. Jurors can upload the letter on the Juror Login Page to the upload documents tab.