ILLINOIS - JURY DUTY

March 19, 2008

Illinois state laws and regulations that affect your medical practice

Are physicians excused from jury duty?

A physician does not have an “automatic” exemption from jury duty. However, a physician may be excused from jury duty under Illinois law, as can any other prospective juror, if he/she can show that “such service would impose an undue hardship on account of the nature of the prospective juror’s occupation, business affairs, physical health, family situation…or other personal affairs.”

Thus, if a physician can successfully argue that jury duty would impose an undue hardship due to the nature of being a physician, a physician may be excused.

705 ILCS 305/10.2

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Updated 2008