Can I be excused from jury duty?

You may be excused from jury service if any one of the following applies:

  • On active duty and deployed, away from the person's home station, and out of the person's county of residence
  • You are enrolled and attend college
  • You are an officer or an employee of the senate, the House of Representatives or any department, commission, board, office, or other agency in the legislative branch of state government
  • You are over 70 years of age
  • You are the primary caretaker of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself. (This exemption does not apply to health care workers.) You are not required to claim an exemption. It is your choice
  • You are a student at a public or private high school
  • You have legal custody of a child under 10 years of age and jury service would require leaving the child or children without adequate supervision

If you fall into one of the above categories and you wish to be excused from jury service, you will need to complete and sign the bottom portion of your Jury Summons and mail or fax it promptly to the address shown.

Excuse from Jury Service

The judge must grant the only other excuses from jury service. If you are in doubt or think you may not be qualified to serve on a jury for one of the above or any other reasons, please notify the Judge. If you will be unable to be present for jury service and you do not fall within one of the categories, you will be required to mail or fax your reason for not being present for jury service. The letter must include a telephone number where you can be notified of the judge's decision on normal business days between 8 am and 5 pm.

Contact Information

  • Fax number: 325-676-6286
  • Mail to:
    Abilene Municipal Court
    P.O. Box 60
    Abilene, TX 79604

Show All Answers

1. Why is jury service important?
2. How was I selected?
3. What is my duty as a juror?
4. Are there rules about jury conduct?
5. Why do I have to complete a juror information form?
6. What are the qualifications for jury service?
7. Can I be excused from jury duty?
8. How long does jury duty last?
9. Will I be paid for being a juror?
10. Must my employer pay me while I am serving?
11. What happens if I fail to answer my summons?
12. Who can have a jury trial?
13. What are the different types of cases?