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I did a search and found a few old threads, but thought I'd ask a few questions, as I've just been sent a letter with a questionnaire about jury duty. It's really funny, I'm 37, have been a registered voter all my life, have always thought it would be interesting to be on jury duty (especially as I've become more anti-death penalty) and have never been summoned. Then, ds is born, and he's only 6 months old and I've been contacted twice!<br><br>
The first time was for a grand jury and it was a summons. I called the number and explained that ds was only a few weeks old and I wouldn't be able to serve. It turns out it didn't matter, there had been a glitch and I didn't need to go because I lived in the wrong county.<br><br>
Today I get a questionnaire from district court. It says my name has come up to be in a pool for district court jury duty. The questionnaire listed 3 exemptions (over age 70, been on jury duty twice in the last year or so, or a volunteer firefighter). I wrote in that I was breastfeeding, and sent it in.<br><br>
If I'm selected, I think I'll just bring ds with me in the sling. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I did a web search, and we are not one of the states that automatically exempts breastfeeding women from jury duty. So, should I go and bring him with me? I do work full time, but I bring him to work with me so we've never looked into any kind of daycare. (Dh works at the same place, and can take over for me if I need to go to a meeting or something)<br><br>
How far away do they expect you to commute for jury duty? I live about 60 miles away from the city where the district court is.<br><br>
I guess if I can't get out of it, and they don't let me bring him, I can see if my mom will help, but then I'd have to pump like crazy...(I have all these funny visions of being sequestered and smuggling out milk to dh..but I imagine that kind of stuff doesn't happen much in our local district court)
 

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I don't know what the laws are in your state. We got 8 cents a mile for communting. Not enough for gas by a long shot. I haven't been summoned since my dd was born, but I have been summoned at least four times before. I always thought it would be kind of fun to serve, but my employer wrote a letter for me saying that it would be a hardship on their business if I served. If that doesn't work I'd just show up with the babe in your sling. They'll either let you have your baby with you or send you home. There's not much else they can do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Also my SIL was excused from jury duty two weeks before her ds was due. I don't think it's a law in her state either that pg women are excused, but they still allowed it.
 

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If you are summoned, you can contact LLL and they can connect you with someone in your area who is knowledgable about legal stuff.<br><br>
I was summoned when dd was about 21 months old and had a cow about not going. Turns out all I had to tell them was I was BF, but this was after I stressed about it for a few weeks. You may be exempted b/c of BF. You might also be able to write a letter to the court explaining your situation. Unfortunately, in my case, choosing to stay home to avoid day care for my child was no excuse as far as they were concerned; they have a day care that you're supposed to use regardless of whether you want your child their or not. I'm so grateful I didn't have to go!<br><br>
You can also check out this site for info on your state:<br><a href="http://www.familyfriendlyjuryduty.org/" target="_blank">http://www.familyfriendlyjuryduty.org/</a><br><br>
GOod luck!<br>
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I thought I had replied to this before but I guess not. Even though there isn't an exemption for nursing mothers in very many states, a lot of states will allow an exemption if you are the primary caregiver of your child. Have you tried calling the court and asking if they usually allow exemptions for nursing mothers or primary caregivers?
 

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Kate Hudson (Goldie Hawn's Daughter) was excused from Jury Duty b/c she was breastfeeding. I'd go in WITH YOU BABY OF COURSE <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> and just expalin it to the judge. He'll probably let you off. If not, well then he's gotta deal with you bfeeding. If nohing else it'll probably make news!!!! 13 on jury :LOL
 

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Thanks for the info. I went ahead and followed the links and called the number for the district court. I was told that breastfeeding was not grounds for an exemption, but since I only recieved a questionnarie and hadn't been summoned, I shouldn't worry about it unless there is an actual summons. She told me that if I was qualified (based on the questionnaire) then I could possibly be summoned sometime in the next two years. So, I guess I'll just wait and see!<br><br>
This isn't helping with dh, though. He's always been a bit apathetic about politics (although I'm trying to set a good example...and I thought it was working pretty well) and now he tells me..'that's what you get for registering to vote! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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The same exact thing happened to me. It's maddening. And my husband, who is 43 who has also been registered to vote since age 18 has never been called.<br><br>
I'm not sure I'd go in with the baby--they might jail you for contempt. I heard of a situation like that, where the mother was threatened with jail if she came back to court with her children.
 

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:LOL That is how I feel this week. I have to call every day between 11:00 -11:30 AM to find out if I have to go in THE SAME DAY by 12:30 PM. I should have used the breastfeeding exemption in CA but I told them I couldn't go to jury duty during the semster. Here I am, out of school for a week and calling the courthouse every day.<br><br>
If they say my section has to go in, I have to call them and say that I have no childcare. It is a waste of my time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hammer.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hammer">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This isn't helping with dh, though. He's always been a bit apathetic about politics (although I'm trying to set a good example...and I thought it was working pretty well) and now he tells me..'that's what you get for registering to vote! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Actually, in my state they do it based on DMV records, so even if you're not registered to vote you can get called up. Is it possible that it's that way where you live? Then you'd have ammo back at your dh!
 

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I remembered after I wrote my previous post about a woman who had a 4 m.o. and tried to use the reason of breastfeeding as an exemption. The judge decided it wasn't reason enough and he'd make time for her to pump. Terrible situation.<br><br>
Since you've been told BF is not a reason for exemption, I'd start to do a little homework now, just in case. LLL would likely have someone for you to talk to.<br><br>
Sus
 
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