Jurors will only be excused if serving will cause an undue or extreme physical or financial hardship.
Reasons for excusal:
(1) Mental or physical hardship (doctor’s statement required on form available in Clerk’s Office or downloadable to the right).
(2) Financial hardship (does the juror work for an employer who is not required to compensate juror and declines to do so voluntarily) (affidavit required).
(3) The juror is a caregiver for personal care of a person without a substitute caregiver available (affidavit required).
An affidavit is a document that the requesting Juror must be sworn to, thereby confirming the facts stated within the affidavit.
Any juror who requests disqualification pursuant to the above (Nos. 1-3) shall report to the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office at least seven (7) days before their report date to complete the appropriate affidavit and/or to deliver an appropriate doctor’s statement.
Failure to provide satisfactory documentation may result in the denial of a request to be excused.
Pursuant to TCA 22-1-103, Effective January 1, 2009, all competent adults summoned must serve unless excused.
For sole professional practitioners: A former absolute exemption has been eliminated.