Disqualifications, Exemptions and Excuses from Jury Service

Disqualification

The Court will deem any person qualified to serve on grand or petit juries in the District Court unless he or she
1.         is not a citizen of the United States;
2.         is less than eighteen (18) years old;
3.         has not resided within this district for a period of one (1) year;
4.         is unable to read, write, and understand the English language with a degree of proficiency sufficient to satisfactorily fill out the jurors’ qualification form;
5.         is unable to speak the English language;
6.         is incapable, by reason of mental or physical infirmity, to render satisfactory jury service; or
7.         has a charge pending against him or her for the commission of, or has been convicted in a State, Federal, Territorial, or Commonwealth Court of record, of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year and his or her civil right has not been restored?

If you believe that you fall into one or more of these categories, please indicate this in your answers to questions 1 through 7 on the Juror Qualification Questionnaire.  The Questionnaire may be mailed back to the court or submitted online.
 

Exemption

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1861 or 1862, the following groups of persons and occupational classes are barred from jury service on the grounds that they are exempt:
1.         members in active service in the Armed Forces of the United States;
2.         members of the fire or police departments of any state, district, territory, commonwealth, possession, or subdivision thereof; and
3.         public officers in the executive, legislative, or judicial branches of the Government of the United States, or any state, district, or territory, possession, or subdivision thereof, who are actively engaged in the performance of official duties, and who are elected to public office or directly appointed by one elected to public office.
If you feel you are exempt from jury service because you fall into any one or more of the above categories, please indicate this in your answers to questions 9 on the Juror Qualification Questionnaire.  The Questionnaire may be mailed back to the court or submitted online.

Permanent Excuse

There are certain categories of persons who may be permanently excused from jury service.  If you fall within one of the categories listed below and wish to be excused, please complete the questionnaire and check the appropriate box under Grounds for Requesting an Excuse. Or, if you wish to serve, click that you are not requesting an excuse.
1.         You are more 70 years of age;
2.         You have already served as a grand or petit juror in a State, Federal, Territorial, or Commonwealth Court within the last two (2) years;
3.         You serve as a “volunteer safety personnel.” The term “volunteer safety personnel” means persons serving a “public agency” [as defined in 42 U.S.C. § 3796b(8)] in an official capacity, without compensation, as firefighters or members of a rescue squad ambulance crew; or
4.         You can demonstrate that jury service would cause an undue hardship or extreme inconvenience.  Such persons may be excused for such period as the Chief Judge, Judge, or Clerk of Court, under the supervision of the Court, deem necessary.
Note that permanent excuses are no longer automatically granted for the following reasons, although a temporary excuse or deferral of jury service may be requested: Persons having active care and custody of a child or children less than 10 years of age whose health and/or safety would jeopardize by their absence for jury service; persons who are caregivers and essential to the care of aged or infirm persons; or persons actively practicing or engaged full-time as an attorney, physician, dentist, registered nurse, or member of the clergy or a religious order.
If you wish to request a permanent excuse from jury service after you have submitted the Juror Qualification Questionnaire, please write a letter to the Chief Judge requesting a permanent excuse, explaining your circumstances.  Submit the letter to the Clerk’s Office at the U.S. Courthouse prior to your day of service.

Temporary Excuse

Temporary excuses, also known as deferrals, may be granted for such period as the Chief Judge, Judge, or Clerk of Court, deem necessary.  Reasons to request a temporary excuse from jury service include undue hardship or extreme inconvenience, a planned vacation or off-island travel, doctors’ appointments, a work-related travel, etc.  A temporary excuse must be requested in writing and supporting documentation must be provided (itinerary or doctor’s note).  Please DO NOT wait until the last minute to request an excuse. 
If you wish to request a temporary excuse or deferral from jury service, please write a letter to the Chief Judge requesting a temporary excuse or deferral and explaining your circumstances.  Submit the letter to the Clerk’s Office at the U.S. Courthouse prior to your day of service.
 
If you have any other questions, please contact Marilyn Alcon, Jury Administrator at (671) 969-4513 or Walter Tenorio, Deputy Clerk at (671) 969-4514.