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?