Are Seniors Exempt From Jury Duty?

Whether or not a senior citizen can be excused from jury duty depends on the specific procedures and policies of the district he is called to serve in, according to the U.S. Courts. Some districts have an exemption for citizens who are age 70 or older.

If a juror is able to argue “undue hardship or extreme inconvenience,” the Jury Act allows courts to grant an excuse, states the U.S. Courts. Potential jurors can find out if they are eligible for exemption on one of these two grounds by checking their districts’ policies regarding age or writing to the clerk of court to seek an undue hardship excuse.