Request for:

Postponement

If the date of jury service is inconvenient, it is a policy of the Court to grant one courtesy request for postponement of jury duty. 

  • Mark option number 11, Request for Postponement,
  • Select a specific non-holiday, Monday not more than 60 days from the start date on your summons.
  • Complete all the information on the juror affidavit including signature, telephone number, should we need to reach you for additional information, and the employment section even if you are not working or not employed.
  • Requested dates are usually accommodated.
  • Full-time students must provide a specific date during their next school break.
  • Mail the part of the summons containing option number 11, to the reporting address which is the same as the return address on the summons.

Excusal

Jurors requesting to be excused must check the appropriate box on the summons, include additional documents or proof if required, complete all the information on the juror affidavit including signature, telephone number, should we need to reach you for additional information, and the employment section even if you are not employed.

The following persons MUST request to be be excused from jury duty and provide the appropriate documentation to be disqualified.

  • Persons who are under 18 years of age.
  • Persons who are not U.S. citizens (proof of non-citizenship must be submitted).
  • Persons who are no longer residents of Miami-Dade County (if you live in another state, include a copy of your new Driver License from that state, if you live in Florida but not in Miami-Dade County, submit a copy of your Florida Driver License with your new address).
  • Persons presently under prosecution for a crime (proof of current ongoing criminal case must be submitted).
  • Convicted felons who have not had their civil rights restored (proof of conviction, probation order and/or charging document must be submitted).
  • Deceased persons (death certificate must be submitted, certified copy not required).

The following persons are allowed to serve, but MAY be excused from jury duty upon written request:

  • Persons physically unable to serve (an original, current, signed doctor's certificate must be submitted).
  • Persons who served as a juror within one year of their summons date (submit a copy of your certificate of attendance from the court where you physically reported for jury service within one year).
  • Persons responsible for the care of an infirm or disabled family member, who are not employed full-time  (additional information may be required).
  • Expectant mothers (submit a doctor's certificate).
  • Active, full-time law enforcement officers (submit your agency name and personnel office telephone number on the juror affidavit).  This exemption does not include correction officers in Miami-Dade County.
  • Persons 70 years of age or older.
  • Parents with a child 5 years of age or younger, who are not employed full-time (additional information may be required).

All requests must be in writing. Telephone requests for excusal or disqualification will not be accepted.

Note: Work, transportation, travel or hardships not listed here or on the summons are NOT grounds for excusal but you may reschedule your service by following the instructions above under Request for Postponement.

Jurors not reporting for duty may be held in contempt of Court and/or fined up to $100.