The Supreme Court of Louisiana has established certain categories of persons who may claim an exemption from jury service. These are:
- Persons who have served as a Jurors during a period of two years immediately preceding their report date;
- All persons seventy years of age or older;
One must expressly claim an exemption. It is not automatically granted.If you wish to claim one of these exemptions, you must send a letter explaining your circumstances. Include your address and phone number in the letter. SEE BELOW FOR JURY OFFICE ADDRESS
NOTE: Public officers, physicians, lawyers, judges, members of the (1) armed forces, (2) police and fire departments, and (3) clergy, are no longer exempt.
Louisiana law provides that a potential Juror must meet certain qualifications to be eligible to serve on a jury. These requirements are that a prospective Juror:
- Must be a citizen of the United States and Louisiana and must have resided in Calcasieu Parish for at least one year before serving as a Juror;
- Must be at least eighteen years old;
- Must be able to read, write and speak the English language;
- Must not be incapable of serving as a Juror because of a mental or physical infirmity, provided that no person shall be deemed incompetent solely because of the loss of hearing to any degree (a written medical excuse from your doctor is required)
- Must not be under indictment for a felony, nor convicted of a felony for which a pardon has not been granted.
Mail your letter when claiming an exemption or disqualification to the
1001 LAKESHORE DRIVE
LAKE CHARLES, LA 70601
NO EXEMPTIONS OR POSTPONEMENTS CAN BE GRANTED AFTER THE WEDNESDAY PRECEDING YOUR FIRST DAY OF SERVICE. The court will make a decision on your claim and notify you.