Sample letter to the Chief Judge of U.S. District Court,
Eastern District of Kentucky, requesting family friendly jury duty

 

03-Apr-2007

The Honorable Joseph M. Hood, Chief Judge
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
101 Barr Street
Lexington, KY 40588-3075

Subject: Family Friendly Jury Duty

Dear Judge Hood,

Would you please add family friendly jury duty language to the Eastern District of Kentucky U.S. District Court’s jury plan?
I would like to see something similar to that already used by 72 out of 94 (approximately 76% of) U.S. District Courts’ Jury Plans:
“…such persons shall be granted an excuse or deferment of service upon individual request…Persons having active care and custody of a child or children under 10 years of age whose health and/or safety would be jeopardized by their absence for jury service, or a person who is essential to the care of an aged or infirm person.”

I would like your district court’s jury plan to adopt similar family friendly language, so that breastfeeding mothers, at-home mothers of young children and family caregivers of the disabled/elderly would be allowed to defer their jury service.

Please include these compassionate provisions for jurors in your court’s jury plan so that our most vulnerable citizens…babies and small children, the disabled and elderly are protected.

After their children are older or family caregiving responsibilities have changed, most individuals would be more than happy to fulfill their obligations as good citizens.
Jury duty is an important civic responsibility, but can’t it wait?

Respectfully,

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