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#1 of 7 Old 01-24-2010, 04:28 PM - Thread Starter
 
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For the first time ever I got a summons to jury duty. All these years of school or work where a break would have been fun NOOOOO but now when I have a 4 month old infant who is exclusively breastfed. I would be happy to serve but just don't see how that would work right now. Does anyone have experience with it. Do they accept BF as a reason for deferment? Is there a good place to pump in the courts building?
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Missouri isn't one of the (few) states that has an explicit law regarding BF being cause for deferment but... looks like being the primary care-giver of a child under the age of 10 will do it.

http://www.familyfriendlyjuryduty.or...s/page0014.htm (I haven't seen a current status regarding that first one though)

http://www.llli.org/Law/LawJury.html
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I got called for St. Louis City when I was pg. I sat through the entire day, then at the end the judge called my name and excused me. I got the impression that I could have gone up first thing in the morning and would have been excused. In fact, the girl in the parking garage was shocked that I was leaving so late in the day, so I guess most incredibly pregnant women ask to be excused. I didn't know! It was interesting to see how the process worked though.

I would think that being the caregiver for an EBF 4 month old would be a way to get excused.
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looks like HB546 was dropped from the calendar
http://www.house.mo.gov/content.aspx...ills/HB546.HTM
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Missouri isn't one of the (few) states that has an explicit law regarding BF being cause for deferment but... looks like being the primary care-giver of a child under the age of 10 will do it.

http://www.familyfriendlyjuryduty.or...s/page0014.htm (I haven't seen a current status regarding that first one though)

http://www.llli.org/Law/LawJury.html
If you scroll down on that first link, Missouri allows for women to be exempt from jury duty.

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Yes, I know what you mean about wanting to be called when you had a boring job!!!

I was called a few years ago (after being a registered voter for over 15 years), and my children were 4 and 2. The younger was still nursing, but I didn't want to go into it. THere was a line for "extenuating circumstance" or something like that and I filled out the form saying that I was the primary caregiver for my two children and had no family in town to help out (true). They returned my form, very quickly, and said it was fine.

A friend of mine had her babysitter excused...not sure how that worked, but it did.
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I got a jury duty summons recently for the city. I went down in person to the civil court building to present a letter asking to be excused because I am exclusively nursing my five month old baby. I was told it would be postponed for two years. I was pleased that it was very straightforward--I had my baby with me and the employee I spoke to barely looked at my letter.
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