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post #1 of 29
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If you're a SAHM and you're called for jury duty, what do you do about childcare?

I worked for 10 years before I had my dd and only got called for jury duty once. Now that I'm a SAHM, I've already been called 4 times! I just got a questionnaire in the mail that I had to fill out because I'm being considered to sit on a federal grand jury, so here's time number 5!

Before anyone says anything, no, I'm not trying to get out of jury duty. I haven't actually served on a jury (just been called one day and struck), but I think it would be interesting. It's just the childcare situation that makes it stressful for me. Dd is almost 11 and can stay by herself for short periods of time, but I don't feel comfortable leaving her alone after school (I know she won't get her homework done without an adult looking over her shoulder ) and I have no idea what I'd do with her if I was called during summer vacation.
post #2 of 29
When I did it, DD went and stayed with Grandma. It was a huge hassle because my DH was out of town and DD was so young at the time, she had never been away from me and my DH for so long. Luckily, for me, the trial was dismissed and I wasn't there very long.
post #3 of 29
I got called once, years ago when I had dd and just one of the boys. I called and explained that I had a special needs child that I couldn't leave, they told me to fill out the form. So I did, and they still wouldn't excuse me. So I packed up dd and my son and off we went to the courthouse. Well when we walk in with a special stroller and a portable breathing machine, they let me go real fast. In fact the court clerk, really had a fit when she found out, that the other court clerk, wouldn't excuse me earlier.

I hadn't been call since, now that I would like to be on one.

But if you get called during the summer, take her with you. They will either excuse you or she will get to see what a court case is all about.
post #4 of 29
It hasn't been an issue for me. The few times I've been called, they wouldn't keep me.
post #5 of 29
i wrote a letter stating I was a stay at home mom who didn't have child care and we could not afford my dh to miss a day of work for me to go. I was excused.
post #6 of 29
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Originally Posted by mommy&wifeisme View Post

i wrote a letter stating I was a stay at home mom who didn't have child care and we could not afford my dh to miss a day of work for me to go. I was excused.

That wouldn't fly in my county. I watched two different judges ripping people apart because of the excuse of, "I have to work."
post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by melsb View Post

That wouldn't fly in my county. I watched two different judges ripping people apart because of the excuse of, "I have to work."

Wouldn't work in my county either. Only if OTHER people's jobs/income/life depends on you working do they care. If you missing makes others miss/lose money, THEN they care here. I don't ever end up staying but it is so interesting to watch the process and hear folks lol
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by mrs_teeee67 View Post

. I don't ever end up staying but it is so interesting to watch the process and hear folks lol

I know, one time, I actually was picked and got to sit up for more intense questioning to decide if I would actually be a juror. And they didn't pick me. While I didn't want to sit there all day, I have to admit, I was a little offended that I wasn't actually chosen. It was like, "What's wrong with me?"
post #9 of 29
I get called every year and write back a note that my youngest child needs supervision. They always excuse me via a letter.

I can't wait until I can serve, I think it will be very interesting, but I can't take the chance now of getting stuck on a 6 month murder trial.
post #10 of 29
I've only gotten a letter once and it had reasons you could not participate on it and I checked the childcare situation and mailed it back in. I would actually love to really be on one one day but can't anytime soon.
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