Jury duty while pregnant?

posted 7 days ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Honey bee

lula0508 :  Are you able to call the place that sent the jury summons and say you are pregnant?  I know when I get one, there is a number to call and you have to prove you are unable to serve and they will let you out of that one.  You need to call as soon as possible to ask, this is if a number is provided.

ETA: I just noticed that you said that you got this 2 weeks ago.  You should have called immediately after you received the summons to change the date or postpone.  I know for a fact when I receive a summons I can postpone online (if I receive the survey and depending on which is summoning me, criminal or civil).

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

lula0508 :  

Isn’t that always how it happens? Lol

I was summoned once and had to call each morning but I never had to go in.

I would honestly reach out to the court and ask, it could be a medical conflict, your best bet is to ask the court. I would also get backup if you could instead of just a phone call confirmation.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

pregnancy is not an excuse but if you have a medical appointment that cannot be rescheduled, that can.

instead of waiting 2 weeks, you should have written a letter with proof of appointment right away and seen if you could have gotten excused.  otherwise, call the ob’s office and see if they can fit you in on another day. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

Can you postpone your jury summons? It’s unlikely that you will be called in Monday, but of course there’s always a chance. I would call your OB and see what they can do for or at the very least to give them a heads up.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

My area allows you to postpone to a specific date. You fill out a form and mail it in.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

I’m 33 weeks pregnant and just received a summons for July 3, when I’ll be 36 weeks? I can rescheule (what is the point) or ask for a postponement of up to 6 months. 6 months doesn’t work because I won’t have childcare yet. I’m just going to show up – if I even get called in. I should dislcose, though that I’m a lawyer so jury duty doesn’t bother me. And the odds of actually being put on a jury that week are slim. Although, if I do get selected, I’ll have to see about taking a bathroom break every 10 minutes, lol.

 

ETA: Pregnancy by itself is not a reason to get out of jury duty. 

 

ETA again: The odds of actually being put on a jury are low. Not saying it doesn’t happen, because it does – I’m sure many people will comment and tell me that they’ve been on a jury. But, at least in my jurisdiction, you call in the night before to see if you need to report. You do that for a week. If you don’t get called in, you are done. If you do get called in, you sit around and wait and see if they even need a pool of jurors. If not, you get sent home and are done. If they do, then you get sent to a courtroom, where you fill out a questionnaire and then you may be asked questions. For all you know, the defense may hate blondes so you get excused. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

lula0508 :  I found that my willingness to be accommodating really helped in postponing jury duty.  Now I had a “real” reason – I’m a school therapist and my students are legally required to receive the services in their IEP – I was the only one in the district who can do it.  So I wrote a letter to send back with my summons and said I’d be happy to do it in the summer instead.  No problem.  And when that time rolled around, I didn’t get called anyway.

It might help to write the letter even though you know it’s not a satisfactory excuse.  Point out the need to eat consistently, have constant bathroom breaks, modified seating (if you need it), that you’re in your third trimester, medical appointments and how you’re more than happy to postpone until such a date so they know you aren’t weaseling out of it entirely.  It may be too late now, but it’s worth a shot.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

skunktastic :  “Point out the need to eat consistently, have constant bathroom breaks, modified seating”

You’re acting like it’s impossible for pregnant women to do anything.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

zzar45 :  It’s not and I’ve been doing fine, personally.  However if I had the sudden urge to pee during a long trial, then what?  I have no idea, not having been in that situation.  I can tell you I’ve walked out on my students for a quick bathroom break though.  Some things are unavoidable.  My point was that the more reasoning she gives, the more likely they are to say “sure, we’ll hold off 6 months and call you back”

Post # 11
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Honey bee

skunktastic :  personally I think she should go ahead and do it so that she can get it over with and not have to serve for two years

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’d honestly just get it over with. If you postpone it will likely be when you have a newborn and that will be even more impossible. 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d just do it now and get it out of the way. Better pregnant than with a newborn IMO.

I think rhogam can be given between 26 and 28 weeks, I’d just reschedule the appointment if they actually call you. Normally a nurse can just give it to you, you don’t need a full appointment.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve just finished jury service in the U.K. But it didn’t interfere with any medical appointments and they released me after 3 days because I wasn’t going to be needed. However I would have notified them of any pre-booked appointments. They are accommodating so just tell them of any appointments. 

I also deferred my service because of a pre-booked course and it wasn’t an issue 

 

Post # 15
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Honey bee

Westwood :  +1, my rhogam shot wasn’t a full appointment. I just swung into the office, a nurse stabbed me in the butt, and I was on my way in 5 minutes. 

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