Illinois Hall of SHAME!, p4

(Last updated September 1, 2005)

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Natalie J, a mother of 4 children, was called for jury duty by the DuPage County Courthouse in Wheaton Illinois in March 2003.  When she requested to be postponed until June 2004 because she had no one to care for her children and could not afford daycare, the clerk laughed at her and said “NO”!  Frantic, Natalie scrambled to arrange care.  Natalie’s 86-year-old grandmother was willing to babysit if Natalie could postpone her service until summer.  Natalie was able to change her reporting date to July 14, 2003.  Unfortunately, Natalie’s grandmother died suddenly just before that date. 

July 14th arrived and Natalie had to take all 4 children to the courthouse.  Natalie explained to a court employee her situation and how she had no childcare since her grandmother had passed away just before her report date.  Instead of sympathy, Natalie was slapped with the reply, “Tough! You have to find someone!”  The employee then proceeded to give Natalie a return date and told her that she HAD to arrange childcare!


Shame on the DuPage County Courthouse in Wheaton, Illinois! 

By refusing to excuse Natalie from jury duty, the court employee was either unaware of, or chose to ignore Illinois law  “...When an undue hardship caused by a family situation is due to the prospective juror being the primary care giver of a person with a mental or physical disability, a person with a medically diagnosed behavior problem, OR 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.


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