Sample Letters to legislators addressing conflicts between jury service and family
† Dear Senator (or Representative ) ___________,
Please consider proposing a family friendly jury duty bill that would allow full-time parents of children under the age of 6 to defer their jury duty summons.
I am the primary caregiver of my five (5) children, ranging in age from 5 months to 9 years.† My husband and I have chosen for me to stay at home with them at this time in their young lives.† I do not work outside the home.†
Imagine with me, the hardship that would occur should I be called for, and asked to serve on jury duty.
First, I would have to arrange childcare (at the last minute) for 3 of the children.† This alone would be a tremendous burden.† Secondly, if any of the drop-in day care centers had availability, the cost is prohibitive, especially on one income.† Thirdly, my children would be in the care of complete strangers.
I am also nursing my five-month old infant.† She does not take a bottle.† I would have to force her to take a bottle, and rent a pump (also costly) to be able to away from her.† I would have to be excused at least every three to four hours, and find a private place (in a court house) to express my milk.
While most judges would be sensitive to this situation, all are not.† There needs to be a state-wide law to protect young children and their full-time mothers (or fathers) from what would be a horrifying situation.
It is not my desire as a citizen of the United States of America to ignore my civic responsibility, only to delay it a few years.† My primary responsibility is to my young children and to that end, my husband and I have already made sacrifices.
Iím sure youíll agree that† legislation requiring family friendly policies for jury duty service would benefit Kentuckyís families.† Please endorse this positive, humane legislation.
Concern:† Jury Duty logistics for nursing mothers and/or a large families