Information on Deferral, Disqualification and Excuse Requests

Trial by jury is a vital component of our system of justice and provides a unique opportunity to fulfill an important obligation as a U.S. citizen. We appreciate your civic commitment and recognize that jury service may conflict with work or school schedules, planned vacations, and other life events. We also recognize that some citizens may need to be excused from jury service for age or medical reasons. Finally, some individuals may not be legally qualified to serve as jurors. This page provides an overview of the excuse, deferral and disqualification categories and provides links to additional information for you to consult. You can click on the highlighted links below to be directed to the specific Excuse, Deferral or Disqualification Information pages and forms.

All requests for excuse, deferral or disqualification must be in writing accompanied by your completed summons or questionnaire and any required documentation. Mail requests to U.S. District Court, 324 W. Market Street, Greensboro, N.C. 27401-2544 Attn: Jury Office.

Requesting an Excuse means you are asking the court to either permanently excuse you for the entire term of your jury service or to temporarily excuse from a specific portion of your six week term. Some reasons may include: medical factors, age over 70, and residence outside of the Middle District.

Requesting a deferral means you are asking the court to move your service to another six week period. Some reasons for Deferral include: vacations, school schedules and work schedules. 

Requesting Disqualification means you believe you are not legally eligible to serve as a federal juror. Some reasons for disqualification include: a charge pending against you for the commission of, or the conviction of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year and your civil rights have not been restored, if you are not a U.S. Citizen, if you are not 18 years or older, if your permanent residence is outside of the Middle District or you cannot speak the English language or read, write and understand the English language with a degree of proficency to satisfactorily fill out the juror qualification form.