In order to be excused from jury service, you must meet either the mandatory standards or the discretionary standards to be excused.
If you are age 70 or older on the date of jury service, or if you are a woman breast-feeding a child, and if you request to be excused, the court must excuse you from service.
For other types of excuse requests, you must show good cause why you should be excused. Requests by phone to be excused by these standards are not accepted. If you are self-employed or not paid by your employer for time spent on jury duty, you are not exempt from jury duty. If you have a critical medical condition, or otherwise have a critical conflict with jury duty, you must explain your situation in writing. Include proof such as a doctor's complete explanation, including whether or not you work outside the home, travel itinerary or copy of tickets, etc. In most cases you will not be excused, but we may be able to defer your term of service to a date not more than one year from your original summons. In your correspondence, propose several dates which you can serve (No Mondays)….Send your letter immediately. The court will act promptly on your request. You will be notified if your request is denied. Send letters to:
Washington County Circuit Court
145 NE 2nd Avenue
Hillsboro, OR 97124