Can I be excused from jury duty?

Upon request by a potential juror, the following shall be exempt: mariners employed in maritime service; custodians of minors who require continuous care; persons responsible for care of physically and mentally impaired person during court hours; persons over 70 years of age; breast feeding mothers; those whose spouses are on the same jury panel; and persons whose services are essential to operations of a particular business. Only a few people are automatically exempt from jury duty; these include members of Congress and the General Assembly (during session), licensed active attorneys, judges, members of sheriff’s departments, state troopers, certain corrections officers, and members of executive branches of state and federal governments. Others may be excused from jury service after contacting the court, but requests are determined on a case-by-case basis.