I received a jury duty summons in the mail today. Sheesh, when it rains it pours. I’m supposed to show up at the county courthouse on March 6th. What the hell? Don’t these people realize that I’m an old fart who broke his hip and had hip replacement surgery just over three weeks ago. No way am I going to be fit to sit on a jury a month from yesterday. And if they force me to, I’m going to be in pain and in a foul mood and I will vote guilty no matter what the circumstances.
I’ve done jury duty plenty of times in the past, so I’m nor averse to performing this civic duty. But the timing of this summons couldn’t be worse.
On the summons there were instructions on how to postpone, reschedule, or be excused from jury duty. So I went to the website, found the relevant page, and completely the form. Here’s the text of that section:
There is not an age limit to serve as a Juror however, if you are over the age of 70 and are not able to serve please state your Date of Birth and that you have a medical condition that prevents you from serving Jury Duty and you will be excused from service.
Provide your information in the box below.
So here’s what I entered:
My birthdate is mm/dd/yyyy. I broke my left hip on 1/14/23, had hip replacement surgery, and now require a walker to get around. I also injured my right shoulder and am undergoing in-home physical and occupational therapy for at least the next 4-6 weeks for both my hip and shoulder. And then I’ll have outpatient PT for another 2-3 months after that. I am physically unable to comply with this request to serve on a jury per the summons and respectfully request being excused.
I’m now awaiting the outcome of the county’s review of my request to be excused. I hope it will be approved.