State laws and regulations that affect your medical practice
1. Are physicians exempt from jury duty in Connecticut?
Connecticut no longer specifically exempts physicians from jury duty. Generally, a person shall be disqualified to serve as a juror if such person:
(a) Is found by a judge of the Superior Court to exhibit any quality which will impair the capacity of such person to serve as a juror, except that no person shall be disqualified on the basis of deafness or hearing impairment;
( c ) Is not able to speak and understand the English language;
(d) Is the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the State, Treasurer, Comptroller or Attorney General;
(e) Is a judge of the Probate Court, Superior Court, Appellate Court or Supreme Court, is a family support magistrate or is a federal court judge;
(f) Is seventy years of age or older and chooses not to perform juror service; and
(g) Is incapable, by reason of physical or mental disability, of rendering satisfactory juror service.
C.G.S.A. § 51-217
2. May a physician be excused, at his or her request, if jury service will pose extreme hardship?
The court has authority to excuse a juror from juror service, upon a finding of extreme hardship. This means a situation or condition that prevents a person from serving as a juror for even one day.
C.G.S.A. § 51-217a
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