States and U.S. Territories with Family Friendly Jury Duty

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California


(Court Rules)

California Rules of Court, Title 2. Trial Court Rules; Division 8. Trials; Chapter 1. Jury Service; Rule 2.1008. Excuses from jury service; d) Reasons for excusing a juror because of undue hardship; (7)
Rule 2.1008 amended and renumbered effective January 1, 2007; adopted as rule 860 effective July 1, 1997.
(The California Rules of Court were reorganized and renumbered to improve their format and usability, effective January 1, 2007).

(7) “The prospective juror has a personal obligation to provide actual and necessary care to another, including sick, aged, or infirm dependents, or a child who requires the prospective juror’s personal care and attention, and no comparable substitute care is either available or practical without imposing an undue economic hardship on the prospective juror or person cared for…”

California


(Court Rules)

California Rules of Court, Title 2. Trial Court Rules; Division 8. Trials; Chapter 1. Jury Service; Rule 2.1006. Deferral of Jury Service
Rule 2.1006 renumbered effective January 1, 2007; adopted as rule 859 effective July 1, 2001.
(The California Rules of Court were reorganized and renumbered to improve their format and usability, effective January 1, 2007).

A mother who is breastfeeding a child may request that jury service be deferred for up to one year, and may renew that request as long as she is breastfeeding. If the request is made in writing, under penalty of perjury, the jury commissioner must grant it without requiring the prospective juror to appear at court.”

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FEDERAL
United States District Court, Central District of California

General Order Number 99-8
Random Selection of Grand and Petit Jurors; 2. (c) Individual Request for Excuse or Deferment” October 1, 1999

(c) “Persons having active care and custody of a child or children under 14 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.“
 

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FEDERAL
United States District Court, Northern District of California

Plan for the U.S. District Court for the random selection of grand and petit jurors. X. (1) Excuses on individual request.
Effective Date: Feb. 22, 2001

X. Excuses on individual Request : (1) "sole caretakers of a preschool child or of an aged or disabled person, and not otherwise employed..."
 

California



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FEDERAL
United States District Court, Southern District of California
Civil Local Rules; Civil 83.10 Jury Selection Plan; e. Qualified Jury Wheel; 2. Excuses on Individual Request Current as of 5/17/2002

(2) Any person having active care and custody of a child or children under 10 years of age whose health and/or safety would be jeopardized by absence of such person for jury service; or a person who is essential to the care of aged or infirm persons.”

 

California



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Assembly Bill 1978
An act to amend Section 204 of the Code of Civil Procedure, relating to jurors, Sponsored by Assembly Member Ray Haynes (R-Temecula), at the request of the California Family Council.

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Section 204 of the Code of Civil Procedure is amended to read:
204. (c) An eligible person may be excused from jury service if that person is a single parent or guardian who has sole custody of a minor child under six years of age or a parent in a two-parent household who remains at home to care for a minor child under six years of age.

 

 

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