the court requires you to report to the courthouse in person, YOU MUST
SHOW UP, or else you may face severe consequences!
Click here if your state already has Family Friendly Jury Duty and you were
NOT excused. (believe it or not, it happens!)
How to speak
to the Judge
Make sure that
appropriately to make a good impression.
Try to bring
your kids (or dependent family member if possible) to make your point that
you REALLY canít get a sitter!
(If you donít bring your kids, expect to be asked, ďWhoís taking care of
your kids now?Ē)
Bring a copy of
your letter requesting deferral.
your spouse or a friend for moral support. This is especially helpful if
your kids need to use the bathroom, etc. Itís good to have someone keep an
eye on your kids when you canít!
Be prepared to
spend a lot of time in the Courthouse, waiting in line to speak to the
Judge. Even if your child cries, do NOT leave your place in line.
Expect to pass
through security checkpoints equipped with metal detectors, etc.
prohibited items include cameras, recorders, cell phones, etc.
present your claim check to retrieve such items upon departing the
When you speak
to the Judge (or jury commissioner):
Respectfully ask him/her for their name and title and be sure to write it
down correctly. (Youíre entitled to know who youíre speaking with!)
you would be glad to serve on a jury when your child is older or when your
family caregiving situation has changed.
him/her that you are NOT trying to ďget outĒ of Jury Duty, you are only
seeking a temporary deferment!
You should mention why making substitute caregiving arrangements at the
last moment is impossible in your case. For example:
breastfeeding your baby.
neighbors and friends are not at home during the day.
members live out of town.
substitute care is not available on a temporary, last minute basis.
The cost of
daycare is prohibitive for a one-income family.
You would not
make a good juror if youíre frantically worrying about your child or
other dependent family member.
logical and compelling as the above reasons are, they may or may not work
for you. I can tell you from personal experience that they did NOT work for
Click here if the above didnít work, and youíve got nothing to lose!
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provide you with legal advice.
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