Now that you’re 18, one of the obligations that comes with the territory is serving on a jury if called. If your name is pulled you have a responsibility to accept, unless you have been excused for some special reason. 

The following are some examples of reasons why a judge might decline to have someone serve on a jury: 

  • You’re related to someone involved in the case. 
  • You have a financial interest in the outcome of the case. 
  • You’re found to have a bias that would prevent you from deciding the matter impartially. 

In some cases a judge may also excuse a person from jury duty if the obligation would cause extreme inconvenience for that person, meaning consideration of family or career factors.