Thank you for asking me “Is anyone Disqualified from Serving as a Juror in FL?”
The answer is yes: In FL certain individuals and even some groups of people are automatically disqualified from jury service, others have legal cause to ask to be excused (although, if you have permissible, as opposed to mandatory disqualification then the Judge has discretion to excuse you for cause not) and some will simply be excused, either because a lawyer has exercised the right to strike someone or because it is apparent that they are incapable of fulfilling their obligation to be a fair, unbiased and open-minded juror who will listen to the evidence, apply the law to the evidence and not be swayed by anything other than their legal duty.
F.S. 40.013 spells out the list of Persons who are automatically disqualified and who must be excused from jury service. In summary it includes: A person being prosecuted at that time, a convicted felon who’s rights have not been restored, the Governor, the Cabinet, The Clerk of Court, Judges, Cops (of any variety), anyone with an interest in the case at hand, expectant mothers and non-full-time employed custodial parents of children under the age of 6.
You may, but you will not necessarily, be excused from jury service if you are a practicing lawyer or doctor, if you are physically infirm, upon a showing of either “hardship, extreme inconvenience, or public necessity”, if it’s been less than a year since your last jury duty appearance, if you are 70 or older then you can ask to be excused from either a particular instance or to be permanently removed from jury service, if you suffer from provable “mental illness, intellectual disability, senility, or other physical or mental incapacity” or if you are responsible for the care of a person who, because of mental illness, intellectual disability, senility, or other physical or mental incapacity, is incapable of caring for himself or herself.
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