(Closed) Jury duty while preggers

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
46606 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

When they ask of you have any issues that would prevent you from serving, tell them you are pregnant and need to use the bathroom every 45 minutes. You will likely be dismissed.

Post # 6
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@stephanie63087:  Yeah, I would ask for a medical exemption.  Here you can send those in as soon as you get your notice, but seeing as it’s tomorrow, you’ll probably have to show up.  I think the peeing/risk that you might go into labour since you’re pretty close to your due date should be reason enough.  My husband’s sister is diabetic, and has to test/give herself insulin/eat on a schedule and that was reason enough to be dismissed.

Post # 7
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I was supposed to serve at 8 weeks pregnant, while I was having some fairly wicked all-day sickness.  When I showed up, they told me the case had been settled that morning.  I hope the same holds true for you, but if not, I’d make a point of peeing more frequently than you already do.  πŸ˜‰

Post # 8
6741 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@stephanie63087:  If you are a caretaker for a child, you wouldn’t even have to go in – you would just be able to call or write a letter or something explaining that and they would excuse you. 

Chances are, they’ll give you an excemption this time anyway – aside from the fact that you need a bathroom break every 45 minutes (which would interrupt the trial), you might go into labor early, which would mean they’d have to burn an alternate just like that. 

Trust me – I’m a trial attorney – you’re not going to be wanted and I also don’t think that your name goes back into the pool, if you show up, you’re good for the next 7 years or however long it is (I always forget how many years). 

Post # 9
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m a lawyer and I can assure you that judges and lawyers are very nice, generally, to jurors and PARTICULARLY pregnant ones or ones with medical issues. I can’t imagine any circumstance in which I’d choose a pregnant juror– for the simple risk of a liklihood of some medical issue popping up– unless it was like a 1 day trial. But even then if she said she uses the bathroom frequently I’d happily let her go. I would just tell them the situation, i really don’t think it will be a problem for you.

Post # 10
4518 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@stephanie63087:  I just did jury duty. There was a woman who was about 35 weeks pregnant, and she was dismissed by the lawyers (she didn’t ask for it; they didn’t want her because they figured she’d be uncomfortable). I was also dismissed for whatever reason. Anyway, my point is, if you show up, that counts as service whether you are dismissed or not. Everyone who was there that day now has a paper excusing us from jury duty for the next 8 years, and most of us only had to sit around for 1 day. 

Post # 11
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve been on jury duty with heavily pregnant women, and it was business as usual. There’s often a lot of down time in a trial anyway and you’ll spend that in the jury room, so you may need to excuse yourself a lot less than you think.

If you’re selected for a panel, there’s a good chance that either side may strike you, as PP noted, and you may end your day not being empaneled at all, in which case you’ve done your service and won’t be called again for 2 years or however long it is in your jurisdiction.

FWIW many jurisdictions now provide free onsite child care, so being the primary caregiver for a child is no longer enough to get you automatically excused from service (nor should it be, in my opinion— trial by jury is one of the most important parts of our justice system and each citizen needs to contribute towards making that process work)

But if you ASK for a medical exemption, you’ll be simply rescheduling your service, and you’ll have to go back in  a few months.

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