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

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Pennsylvania



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Pending legislation!

Session of 2007

House Bill 826 - An ACT amending Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, further providing for exemptions from jury duty.

Primary sponsor: Rep. Babette Josephs

4503. Exemptions from jury duty.
(a) General rule. -- No person shall be exempt or excused from jury duty except the following:
(5) Parents or guardians of a child six years of age or younger and have custody of and are the primary caregivers of the child.
(6) Parents or guardians of a child who is of school age and who have custody of and hare providing instruction to the child who has been excused from compulsory attendance at a school or special education program.
(7) Primary caregivers of an elderly or disabled family member.

Pennsylvania

No family friendly jury duty laws (as of yet), but Erie County Courthouse has set an amusing precedent for excusing jurors...

Click here  to see the amusing precedent set for excusing jurors by the Erie County Courthouse.

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FEDERAL
United States District Court, Eastern Dist. of Pennsylvania
Plan for the random selection of grand and petit jurors,
Revised June 27, 2001
(c) Excuse from jury service on request

(4) persons who have actual care and custody of a child or children under ten 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 aged or infirm persons;
 

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FEDERAL
United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
Juror Selection plan; Section 701 (3) Excuses - Automatically granted on individual request;
Amended August 5, 1999
 

3. "...Persons having active care and custody, during hours of normal jury service, or a child or children under 12 years of age whose health/safety would be jeopardized by their absence for jury service, or a person who is essential to the care of the aged or infirmed persons;..."

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FEDERAL
United States District Court, Western District  of Pennsylvania
Jury Selection plan; Section 11 (3) Excuses on Individual Request
Effective April 1, 2001

3 "...Any person having full-time active care or custody of a child or children under 10 years of age, and the health and/or safety of such child would be jeopardized by that person's absence for jury duty; or any person who is likewise essential to the care of aged or infirm persons;..."

Puerto Rico


 

U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. State Court Organization 1998, Table 40
 

Excusals:
...serious illness or death of family member, housewives.

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FEDERAL

United States District Court, District of Puerto Rico
Amended plan for the random selection of Grand and Petit Jurors; (9) Excused from Jury Service On Request; (h)
Effective September 1, 1996
 

(h)...A person with custody and care of a child or children under ten (10) years of age.

   

 

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