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Illinois Hall of SHAME!

(Last updated September 1, 2005)

 

 

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Illinois

In early 2003, S.H. was an at-home mother of a 2-year-old boy in Illinois.  When she was called for jury duty, she sent a letter requesting to be excused, informing the Court that she cared for her son full-time, and did not want to leave him with another caretaker.  The Jury Commission of Dupage County denied her request, stating in a letter that her request “(did) not set forth sufficient grounds for excusal”. 

 

Shame on this Illinois court! Their denial was unjustifiable since Illinois law,  excuses a prospective juror if they are the primary caregiver of a child under 12

When an undue hardship caused by a family situation is due to the prospective juror being the primary care giver of a...child under age 12, then the county board, jury commissioners or jury administrator shall excuse such a prospective juror…”

(Illinois Compiled Statutes, 705 ILCS 305/10.2, Sec. 10.2 (b) Excusing prospective jurors; hardship).

 

S.H. contacted me after seeing the Illinois law on this website.  She asked me, “Shouldn’t this (the Illinois law) be enough for the Court to excuse me?” 

I suggested that she write a letter to the Jury Commission of Dupage County , referencing the law, and ask to be excused again.

 

Good news! After S.H. contacted the Jury Commission of Dupage County with a copy of the Illinois law, she was excused!  She was quite relieved as her son suddenly got step throat a day before she was to report.  She was so glad that she didn’t have to leave him with someone else, especially since he was ill. 

 

There is an important lesson to be learned here:

Even if your state DOES have accommodations for at-home parents, breastfeeding mothers, and family caregivers, they may not TELL you about it! 

It is always a good practice to check the jury laws in your state. 

Click here to see if your state has family friendly jury duty laws.

 

(If S.H. had not checked this website, she may never have known that the Court was required by Illinois state law to excuse her from jury service…)

 

If you know your state already has family friendly jury duty laws and a court is not abiding by them, click here to see what you can do:

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