Your request to be excused must be filed in writing with the court. Pursuant to O.R.C. 2313.14, a juror may be excused if:
- Juror is absent from the county and will not return in time to serve
- The interests of the public or the juror will be materially injured by the juror's attendance
- The juror is physically or mentally unable to serve (doctor's written verification required)
- Juror's spouse or a near relative of the juror has recently died or is dangerously ill
- The juror was called as a juror for a trial in a court of record in the county within the same jury year
- Jury service would cause undue or extreme physical or financial hardship to the juror or a person under the care or supervision of the juror. "Undue or extreme physical or financial hardship" is limited to the following circumstances:
- The juror would be required to abandon the personal care or supervision of a person due to the impossibility of obtaining an appropriate substitute caregiver.
- The juror would incur costs that would have a substantial adverse impact on the payment of necessary daily living expenses or on those for whom the juror provides the principle means of support.
- The juror would suffer physical hardship that would result in illness or disease.
This court automatically excuses jurors who are over 75 years old upon request; however, they are permitted to serve if they wish to do so.
Other requests to be excused, such as vacations, business trips, medical appointments, work duties, etc. also must be made in writing to the court. There are lines provided for these requests on the back of your questionnaire, and your request will be presented to the judge for review.
Your ID number (i.e. 1-1 GAL or 1-1 RSF) which appears above your name and address on your summons must appear on any written request or doctor's verification. Please have your ID number ready if you need to contact the court via telephone.