The North Carolina General Assembly declares the public policy of this state to be that jury service is the solemn obligation of all qualified citizens, and that excuses from the discharge of this responsibility should be granted only for reasons of compelling personal hardship or because requiring service would be contrary to the public welfare, health, or safety. Please note that there are no exemptions from jury service based on occupation.
Although work commitments can be hard to break, they are not a valid reason for being excused from jury service. Prospective jurors can request to be
to a later date when they may be less busy. Requests for deferral should come from the individual summoned, not the employer. Additionally, please note that in-state full-time students are not exempt from service.
If a potential juror is an in-state full-time student and their service date conflicts with their class schedule, they may submit a request to be deferred
All requests for excusal from jury service must be submitted IN WRITING
via the website (preferred) or IN WRITING
(including reasons not listed below) by fax or mail and received by the Jury Coordinator(s) at least 5 business days before their service date
to allow time for their request to be processed. Because of the short length of service, excusals based on reasons other than those found below are rarely granted.
In Mecklenburg County, a prospective juror may request to be excused from jury service for one or more of the following valid reasons:
Jurors who are requesting to be excused may submit their information via the website at jury.mecklenburgcountync.gov (preferred) or in writing by fax to 1-866-228-9046. They may also place their jury summons along with any required documents in a stamped envelope and return to: Jury Management, Mecklenburg County Courthouse, 832 E. Fourth Street, Room 5450, Charlotte, NC 28202. Jurors should record their juror number and the website address or phone number for further inquiries. To determine if their request to be excused has been granted, jurors should visit the website at jury.mecklenburgcountync.gov or call 704-686-0195 and follow the instructions. Confirmation will also be sent through email and/or mail.
- Is not a US citizen. Must submit a copy of Employment Authorization Document (Form I-688B), W-7 Form, Permanent Residency Card or VISA (student or employment based) with request.
- Does not understand English. If you request to be excused on this basis, you will be mailed a Limited English Questionnaire that you, or a translator on your behalf, must complete and return to the Jury Office. The questionnaire is also available on the website. Notification as to whether the request has been granted will be sent after the questionnaire has been reviewed.
- Is under the age of 18.
- Is attending an out-of-state educational institution. Must submit documentation of enrollment.
- Is 72 years of age or older. Please note that persons age 72 or older may request a temporary or permanent exemption via the website (preferred), by fax, or mail, but the law does not constitute a blanket exemption or disqualification for such persons.
- Has been convicted of a felony and is currently incarcerated or is on probation or parole.
- Has a physical or mental disability. Must submit a signed statement by a licensed physician, psychiatrist or psychologist, on doctor's letterhead setting forth ALL of the following: a diagnosis of the mental or physical condition, a prognosis of the length of time the mental or physical condition is expected to continue, and a conclusion that the prospective juror is not capable of performing jury service.
- Is not a resident of Mecklenburg County. Must submit proof of new permanent residence (a voter registration card, a copy of a driver's license, a copy of a signed license plate receipt, a vehicle registration card, or some other official document.)
- Is currently on Active Military Duty. Must submit a copy of orders with request.
- Has reported for jury service within the last 2 years or served a full term on a grand jury within the last 6 years. Must indicate approximate date, location, name and address when last reported.