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Request to be Excused

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 Telephone
Jury Coordinator: 503.397.2327 ext. 24024

 Email
columbia.jury@ojd.state.or.us

 Hours

Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 11:30am, 1:00pm – 4:00pm; Friday 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Request to be Excused

The Court must excuse you if:

  • You are 70 years or older, and ask to be excused, the Court must excuse you from jury service. If you want to serve as a juror, you may serve.
  • If you are a woman breast-feeding a child, and ask to be excused, the court must excuse you from jury service. If you want to serve as a juror, you may serve.

The Court may excuse you if:

  • Jury service causes you, your family, or your employer undue hardship or extreme inconvenience; or
  • You are the sole caregiver for a child or other dependent, 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.

Other reasons you may be excused or deferred:

  • If you have served on jury duty in a state or federal court in Oregon within the last 24 months.
  • If you have a documented medical condition, including a written statement from your doctor.
  • If you are a full-time student, you may request to be deferred to a time when you are not attending school.

How to Make the Request

All requests to be excused must be in writing explaining the nature of the condition, undue hardship, or extreme inconvenience that requires you to be excused. In most cases you will not be excused, but we may defer your term of service to a date not more than one year from your original summons.

Submit Your Request Via Online Response Form, Regular Mail, or E-mail

Online:
Online Jury Response Form - You may be required to submit additional or supporting information in writing.

Mail:
Jury Coordinator
Columbia County Circuit Court
230 Strand Street
St. Helens, OR 97051

Email: Columbia.Jury@ojd.state.or.us