Should breastfeeding mothers be exempt from jury duty?

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Registered: 09-20-2009
Should breastfeeding mothers be exempt from jury duty?
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Fri, 03-30-2012 - 11:33am

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

I was called to jury duty early enough in my pregnancy ask to have the date moved up, so that I could serve while pregnant instead of while breastfeeding. That worked out well for me.

If judges are going to ban nursing babies from the waiting area and courtrooms, then I think we should consider exempting nursing mothers. However, I think it is foolish to ban nursing babies from courtrooms.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

I have never been called to jury duty - I often wonder how they pick people?

I will be a bit controversial - I think that if mom is working, and baby is already in daycare, there is generally no reason she cannot serve while breastfeeding - since she is normally gone from baby during the day.

However, this is only for cases where mom would get to go home each night. If the jury would be sequestered during the trial, then no mom with a baby under 1 year should have to serve - breast or bottle.

If mom is a stay-at-home mom, under a year should not have to serve - breast or bottle.

Over a year, if she has no-one to care for the baby that she is comfortable leaving the baby with, I think she should not have to serve until baby is over 2 years (at least).

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

Canadian law:

Exemptions, for which you must contact the sheriff’s office are:

  • Serving as a juror would cause you extreme hardship. This could apply if, for example, you are a nursing mother, or self-employed and your business would be threatened by your absence.

http://www.canadianlawsite.ca/jury-duty.htm

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-20-2008

In my state the law is that it is legal to breastfeed everywhere food is not banned.

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
mom_tslg wrote:

In my state the law is that it is legal to breastfeed everywhere food is not banned.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-16-2010
nisupulla wrote:

I was called to jury duty early enough in my pregnancy ask to have the date moved up, so that I could serve while pregnant instead of while breastfeeding. That worked out well for me.

If judges are going to ban nursing babies from the waiting area and courtrooms, then I think we should consider exempting nursing mothers. However, I think it is foolish to ban nursing babies from courtrooms.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-16-2010
witch_power wrote:

I have never been called to jury duty - I often wonder how they pick people?

I will be a bit controversial - I think that if mom is working, and baby is already in daycare, there is generally no reason she cannot serve while breastfeeding - since she is normally gone from baby during the day.

However, this is only for cases where mom would get to go home each night. If the jury would be sequestered during the trial, then no mom with a baby under 1 year should have to serve - breast or bottle.

If mom is a stay-at-home mom, under a year should not have to serve - breast or bottle.

I can see the rationale for this, but I kind of think no mom with a baby under a year should have to serve.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
I went back to work when my children were still nursing but i was never away from them a full day, which is what a trial could last. I think that a child under year-old is a hardship that should excuse you from jury duty.
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