All states have statutory or administrative provisions for courts to excuse
individuals from jury service if serving would cause significant medical or
financial hardship. Nationally, an estimated 9% of individuals summonsed for
jury service are excused for this reason. Over the past two decades, many
courts have implemented changes in their jury systems to reduce the hardship
associated with jury service, thus increasing jury yield as well as making
it possible for more individuals to serve.
The Excusal Tool evaluates the excusal rate for the court, identifies factors
that might contribute to financial hardship, and suggests policies to address
these factors. Click here
to access information about effective excusal policies for jury service.