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I just received my first ever jury summons. (I'm almost 31!) I've always wanted to participate in a jury pool, and I believe very strongly in performing my civic duties. However, the date of my summons is the week of 1/10/11. Punkin will be 10 months old that week. She's 8 1/2 months now, and she is only just starting solids in earnest. She loves food, but will still be getting her nutrition from me.<br><br>
I have a pump, and she will take a bottle on occasion when I'm gone an hour or so. But, my husband is starting a new job January 1st, and no one else can stay with her.<br><br>
There is a field on the summons where I can request a deferral for personal hardship. Would this count? How would you word it? When would your nurslings have been ready for full-day separations?<br><br>
I realize working moms do this all the time, but that's not our situation. And punkin really can't handle separation. She screams. And doesn't stop. And I don't get much milk when I pump...<br><br>
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<p>It looks like your state excuses primary care givers of children under 12, and nursing mothers, so you should be excused:</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.familyfriendlyjuryduty.org/JuryStates/JuryStates_files/page0006.htm" target="_blank">http://www.familyfriendlyjuryduty.org/JuryStates/JuryStates_files/page0006.htm</a></p>
 

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Thanks! I was just at that website, but I'm in Indiana, not Illinois. It doesn't look like we have any laws protecting stay-at-home or breastfeeding mothers. Bummer!
 

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Also, it's city-county court, not state or federal. We have some wacky judges here (like the guy who would impose huge fines for anyone challenging a speeding ticket).
 

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<p>Hi there!</p>
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<p>I got a notice for a county court here in NJ when my son was 10 months old. I wrote in the hardship section that I was happy to serve, but would need to get up and leave the courtroom at 930am and 1230pm to pump my breastmilk with no exceptions. I stated that this wasn't a "hardship" by definition- but something the court needed to be aware of.</p>
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<p>I called the court about 2 weeks later to "check in" on my request and the disabilities coordinator told me that I was excused at this time.</p>
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<p>I told them I was happy to serve at a later date! <span><img alt="wink1.gif" height="15" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/wink1.gif" width="15"></span></p>
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