How to Be Excused From Jury Duty in Kings County, New York


Kings County, New York, encompasses the New York City borough of Brooklyn, home to an estimated 2.5 million people, according to the United States Census Bureau. Residents of Kings County who are U.S. citizens may be called to serve jury duty, though in some specific instances, they may be excused or granted a postponement.

Things You'll Need

  • Jury duty summons
  • Application for excusal or postponement
  • Birth certificate
  • Doctor's note
  • Fill out the back of your jury duty summons in its entirety, listing your reasons for wanting to be excused. Valid reasons include having a medical disability or condition that prohibits you from serving, or being the primary caregiver for a small child or an elderly person. Your request will not be considered if the reverse side of your summons is not completed.

  • Include the necessary paperwork to support your request for being excused. A physician's note detailing the nature of your condition or disability is required for a medical excuse. If you are a caregiver, attach copies of the birth certificate of your youngest child or the person for whom you care. A doctor's note is also required for caregivers of an elderly relative. You will be notified if your request has been approved.

  • Mail your jury duty summons and supporting documents to the Kings County Clerk's Office in the Supreme Court Building. The street address is 360 Adams St. Room 156, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Act promptly to ensure that your request is heard before your summons date.

  • Appear in person on the date stamped on your jury duty summons if your request pertains to a language barrier, or if you have already received a jury duty postponement for any reason. The Kings County Clerk's Office must speak to you in person to determine whether you may be excused from your civic duty.

  • You also can request a postponement online through the New York Unified Court System's online postponement service (see Resources). Have your jury index number ready; this identifier is printed on your summons notice.


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