How to Write a Letter to Reschedule Jury Duty Later


Those who await trial in the justice system rely on members of the community to report for jury duty, sit on an impartial jury and decide the outcome of their case. The date the court selects for a juror to serve may not be convenient. Citizens who are summoned to jury duty can usually reschedule their jury service. The process for rescheduling jury duty varies in each local court's district. However, the process virtually always involves communicating a request to reschedule to the court.

  • Read your jury summons. In particular, look for instructions in the summons about what to do if you need to reschedule jury duty. Look for a deadline by which you must make your request and an address where you should send your request.

  • Write today's date and the address of the the jury administrator or other individual designated in the jury summons to start the letter. You may write the letter on stationery or print it from the computer. Write a subject line that includes your name and juror number. Your juror number is on your jury summons. It may be included in the text surrounding your name and address on the jury summons.

  • Explain the reason why you cannot serve on jury duty on the scheduled date. The tone of your letter should be professional and respectful. Request that the jury administrator reschedule your jury duty to a later date. Suggest a new date when you could serve in the relatively near future.

  • Await confirmation of your request. If the jury administrator does not respond, call the courthouse to follow up on your request.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your jury summons establishes some other way besides a letter to request a postponement, request your postponement the way the summons instructs you to request it. You may have to call the jury administrator's office from a touch-tone telephone or log on to a website to request that the court postpone your service.
  • If your request is not granted, you will have to go to the courthouse for jury service on the date you were summoned to appear. If you don't go, a judge may enter a warrant for your arrest.


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