If you have a hardship that prevents you from serving on jury duty, the court prefers to reschedule you for a different week. However, the court recognizes that sometimes the hardships are more complicated, and jury duty is sometimes excused. Typical reasons for jurors to request to be excused are based upon medical, financial, or educational hardships. A written note detailing the "undue hardship, extreme inconvenience, or public necessity" is required for all hardship requests. For example:
Medical hardships require a brief note from your physician. Prospective jurors over the age of 65 with chronic health conditions may provide their own note.
Financial hardships require a statement in writing from the employer regarding their policy to pay (or not pay) regular wages during jury duty.
Educational hardships require a copy of the class schedule showing the time of day conflicts.
Another common hardship involves residency - when the prospective juror has moved or plans to move outside of Spokane County prior to the scheduled jury duty. In this instance, the Court requires verification of the current physical address and county of residence.
Please refer to our FAQs page for additional information on being excused from jury duty.
If you have not received a response from the Court within ten days of your written request to have your jury duty rescheduled or released, then your request has been granted. You can also log into the Jury Management Information system to check your status. If your request to be excused has been granted, you will be advised when you attempt to log in.