Monday, April 26, 2010

Can I be excused from jury duty if I am a stay at home mom?

I just received one of those jury questionnaires which means once I fill it out and send it off, I will probably be receiving a jury summons soon after. On the questionnaire it said that I can possibly be excused if I am a legal guardian and caretaker of a child under the age of 12. I’m wondering if anyone has been in a similar situation? Were you able to get out of jury duty?

Can I be excused from jury duty if I am a stay at home mom?
you should be able to get out of it if you have a child at home.
Reply:you can make an excuse like most people , or stay %26amp; enjoy the jury duty... It took 120 jurors to fill a panel of 8 in my state
Reply:Yup... I've never been able to serve because of the Kid. I would love to, but taking a week or two away would not be good for the family. There should be a form on the back of the summons that you can fill out. They wont question it if you put that you take care of children.
Reply:Yes, at least in CA when you get the summons you can decline and check a box that says you are the primary caregiver and other childcare isn't available.
Reply:first of all i do not think you are asking something that is not an honest question. I would tell the authorities your situation and I am sure you will be excused. People have gotten off with a lot more sillier reasons.
Reply:yes actually about 3 months ago i was summond to jury duty...lucky me i have 2 children under the age of 12 and im also pregnant so i just got a doctors note and mailed that in and i also included that i was a stay at home mom with two small children and they excused me from it.
Reply:i got one when my son was 6 months old and i was excused from serving i havent been summoned since fill it out and see what happens
Reply:not sure, but there is probably a number on the form that you can call to find out. i have never heard of that, but many people can get their way out of jury duty. good luck!
Reply:my mom never goes
Reply:I believe you need to go but you can tell the judge that you care for a young child and have no one else to care for that child. I think you will be excused. best of luck
Reply:I have been in the same situation. I usually call the number on the summons and I explain my situation and they tell me what to write on the summons and I then mail it. I too am a stay-at-home mom. I can't afford a sitter for a day, never mind for weeks if I have to be on jury duty for a trial!!! Don't pay attention to people who make a big deal about you getting out of it. They don't know your situation. If anything, tell them to go and babysit for you for free!!! Besides, good chance that we will do it eventually, when our children all attend school full time.
Reply:First, you WILL be summoned to court to be examined. While you are there you can petition to state your situation and explain how there is no one to take care of your kids. Also, look up your state laws. In some provinces in Canada they will pay for your daycare costs.

If not, you might want to look into babysitters in your area asap. Usually you don't have too much time until you are called in.
Reply:i was always excused because i had no replacement at work or because i was disabled and was on strong meds and possibly couldn't make a right decision, plus i cant sit or stand for long periods of time that's how i got out of it was with a Dr excuse. but i never heard of it if you are a stay at home mom.
Reply:When my son was just 12 days old I was summonds. I am a stay at home mom and was nursing. The only way I got out of it was because we had just moved states. I'm sorry I could care less about my American duty to serve on the jury I wouldn't have left my newborn for anything!!
Reply:No I think you have to show up. If you don't you can be arrested and put in jail. My advice is to call the court and ask them about it.
Reply:You may be able to if you do not have anyone to care for a young child. It really depends on the county and their policies.
Reply:Tell them you are racist and hopes the bastard rots in hell for whatever he did, that should get you excused.....I'm being serious here
Reply:Yes, there is a box to check on the jury form for caregivers, or elderly. I know someone who was able to get out of it because she had 3 kids. However, serving on a jury is a part of what it is to be American, it's your duty and your right.
Reply:It is your civil duty...I don't understand why everyone wants to get out of it sooo badly. Hire a baby sitter and be an American!!!

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