A judge, the trial court administrator or the jury coordinator may excuse a person from jury duty for reasons listed in Oregon law. Jury trials are an important part of our system of justice so it is vital that jurors represent the entire community. If good cause is shown, prospective jurors may be allowed to have jury service deferred or delayed to a later term.
Deferring Service to Another Time
With good cause, you may ask to have jury service deferred or delayed, to start no later than one year from the date your current jury service starts. If you want to defer jury service, indicate your preferred new date on the response form or in a letter. If deferral is allowed, you will receive confirmation of your deferral immediately and will receive a reminder jury summons the month before your new jury service begins.
Being Excused From Jury Service - Disabled Jurors
A person who is blind, hearing or speech-impaired or physically disabled is not ineligible to serve as a juror on the basis of the impairment or disability alone. The court will provide accommodations for Americans with Disabilities, assistive listening devices, and interpreters, if required. Please notify the jury coordinator of your need immediately upon receipt of your jury summons.
The judge may excuse a juror whose presence on the jury would substantially impair the progress of the trial or result in prejudice to the parties or both.
70 Years of Age or Older
If you are 70 years old or older on the date jury service begins and you ask to be excused, the court will excuse you from jury service.You may serve, if you wish, by completing and returning the Eligibility Response Form. If you are age 70 or older and wish to be excused, please contact the court at (503) 325-8555.
Breast Feeding A Child
If you are a woman breast-feeding a child on the date jury service begins and you ask to be excused, the court must excuse you from jury service. You may serve, if you wish, by completing and returning the Eligibility Response Form. If you wish to be excused, check the appropriate box on the response form, sign and return the form. You also may ask to be excused by fax or letter.
Undue Hardship, Extreme Inconvenience or Sole Caregiver for a Child or Dependent
In its discretion, the circuit court may excuse jury service if: (a) the jury service causes you, your family or your employer undue hardship or extreme inconvenience; or, (b) you are the sole caregiver for a child or other dependent and you attend personally to the dependent during the court’s normal hours of operation and you are unable to afford daycare or make other arrangements for the care of the dependent. If you request to be excused under these standards, the court will weigh the basis for your excuse against the public’s need for jurors. The court may deny a request for excuse under (a) or (b), above, and require you to serve.
If you wish to be excused from jury service on the basis of undue hardship, extreme inconvenience or as a sole caregiver, you may make that request on the Juror Eligibility Response Form. Please explain why you are requesting to be excused from Jury Service. The court may ask for additional documentation. The court will mail you a notice of its decision.
The deadline for requests to be excused or to delay jury service is one week before your service begins.
How to Contact the Jury Coordinator
Please mail any information to Clatsop County Circuit Court, Attn: Jury Coordinator, PO Box 835, Astoria, OR 97103. Phone (503) 325-8555. Fax (503) 325-8677.