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

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Maryland

(Garrett County Circuit)

Garrett County Circuit Court
Jury Qualification Form,
Question 9: Do you have any other reason for excusal?
 

"You have a child that requires constant care and it’s a hardship on you to be away from your home for an entire day."
(Last updated 1-23-04)
 

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FEDERAL
United States District Court, District of Maryland
Plan for the Random Selection of Grand and Petit Jurors; IX. Excuse on Individual Request; A. Categorical findings on Grounds for Excuse, E-4 (As of 4/2003)

(E-4) “Persons who in their household are solely responsible for the care of one or more persons who cannot safely be left alone during periods of jury service by reason of either (a) being under 13 years of age or (b) mental or physical disability
 

Maryland

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Senate Bill 150, 2004 Session of Maryland’s General Assembly.   (Failed to pass.)
Key Sponsor:  Sen. J. Robert Hooper

 

Requires a judge to excuse from jury service a mother who is breastfeeding a child under the age of 2 years.
 

Massachusetts

 

General Laws of Massachusetts, Chapter 234A: Section 4, clause 5.
Disqualification from juror service

5. Such person is solely responsible for the daily care of a permanently disabled person living in the same household and the performance of juror service would cause a substantial risk of injury to the health of the disabled person..”

Massachusetts

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Senate Bill 2225, An act exempting certain persons from jury duty
Section 4 of Chapter 234A of the General Laws (of Massachusetts), Key sponsor:
Sen. Steven Panagiotakos

5.5 “Such person has custody of and is solely responsible for the daily supervision of a child under the age of 10
 

 

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FEDERAL
United States District Court, District of Massachusetts

Plan for Random Selection of Jurors
10. Qualifications, Exemptions, and Excuses from jury; (c) Excuses;
Revised November 2, 2000

(c) “... the active care and custody of a child under ten years of age; the active full-time care of an aged or infirm person…”
 

 

 

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