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(Last updated June 16, 2005)

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Dear Senator (or Representative) _____________,


I am writing to ask for your help in initiating  family friendly jury duty legislation for Massachusetts.

Family friendly jury duty legislation would allow a person who has custody of and is solely responsible for the daily supervision of a young child the option to claim disqualification from jury duty service in a Massachusetts State Court.


Many stay-at-home parents do not have immediate access to full-time childcare that is safe, affordable, and adequate.  Babies and little children of parents in this category are placed in a traumatic and potentially dangerous situation when their parents are summoned for Jury Duty service.

Please be reassured that after their children are older, these same individuals would be more than happy to fulfill their obligations as good citizens.


I realize that jury duty is an important civic responsibility, but in deference to families needing special care, jury duty could be postponed until that needful season has ended.


Please show your concern for the well-being of our young children in Massachusetts by initiating and/or supporting family friendly jury duty legislation.



Your name,

(Be sure to include your address, phone number, and other contact info)


If you have any questions about this legislation, please contact:

Elizabeth S. Bridge at

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