The judge will excuse a governor, lieutenant governor, a cabinet officer, a sheriff, a deputy, a municipal police officer, a clerk of the court or a judge. A judge will also excuse a person who is involved in the case, who is physically incapacitated, or who is being prosecuted for a crime or has been convicted of certain crimes unless the individual’s civil rights have been restored.
In addition, the judge may excuse other persons upon showing of hardship, extreme inconvenience, or public necessity; a person 70 years of age or older; a person who has served as a juror in any court in his or her county within the previous year; a person who is responsible for the care of a person with certain disabilities; an expectant mother; or a parent who is not employed full-time and has custody of a child under age six (6). (§ 40.013, Fla. Stat.).
A person may be permanently excused from jury duty if the request is accompanied by a written statement from a licensed physician due to mental illness, intellectual disability, senility, or other physical or mental incapacity, or if the person iss permanently incapable of caring for himself or herself. (See § 40.013(9), Fla. Stat. (2016).