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Suffolk County Commissioner of Jurors

Guidelines for Excuses & Postponements

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

THERE ARE NO AUTOMATIC EXEMPTIONS OR DISQUALIFICATIONS
If your Jury Summons Indicates You Have Been Previously Postponed, You MUST SERVE On The Date Indicated On Your Summons

POSTPONEMENTS/HARDSHIPS/EXCUSALS

All applications for postponements MUST BE MADE PRIOR TO YOUR DATE OF SERVICE. You can apply for your FIRST postponement by WEB, TELEPHONE or by MAIL.

BY WEB: Visit our website at NYJUROR.GOV and click on the link "Postpone your jury service." Follow the instructions. You will need to supply information from your jury summons.

BY TELEPHONE: Choose a date between 2 and 6 months from the date of your summons. Your request can be made by calling 1-800-449-2819. If the date requested is not available, you will be given the next closest court date. If you have been previously postponed or absent, any request made through this system will NOT be honored.

BY MAIL: Complete your Jury Summons (Part A) and indicate a date you can serve between 2 and 6 months from the date on your summons and mail back to:

COMMISSIONER OF JURORS
Michael D. O'Donohoe
225 Griffing Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901-3089

HARDSHIPS/EXCUSES: Excuses are rarely granted and documentation/proof is necessary. If granted, excuse periods may not exceed 24 months. Medical, Caregivers, Financial and Full Time Students REQUIRE PROOF. Please mail the required proof along with the original signed Jury Summons (Part A) to the above address.

REQUIRED PROOF: Medical:
A signed statement from a licensed physician that indicates your condition and how long it is expected the condition will exist. Caregivers: Children under the age of 16: Copies of birth certificates, an explanation as to why you cannot make arrangements for care to be provided by another during the period of jury service and if employed, documentation verifying your hours employed. Other Caregivers: Doctor's note detailing patient's diagnosis and verification of caregiver's services. Financial: Current Tax Forms showing your financial status, documentation showing present employment status (wages, hours, etc.) and any document showing your inability to provide support for you or your family as a result of jury service. Please note this excusal is only for jurors suffering a severe financial hardship. There are no excusals solely for loss of income. Full Time Students: Copy of Student ID Card or copy of current Full Time School Schedule. All Others: If you feel that it is impossible for you to serve as a juror and wish to be excused from service, you must submit documentary proof of the reason why. Please call our information line at 1-800-449-2819 to receive information about the proof you must provide.

WE WILL ONLY NOTIFY YOU IF YOUR REQUEST WAS DENIED.