Jury Duty ??

Ilene - posted on 01/08/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is seven and attends first grade at a school about ten miles away from us. This is due to open enrollment and choice of schools options available to us. There aren't any busses that go to his school since all the busses are used only for magnet students now. I take him daily to and from school, dropping him off around 8 and picking him up around 2:30 pm.

I received a jury duty summons last week. I called and explained the situation to which the clerk told me "tough luck" we can reschedule you to a time more convenient for you and that is it. I know this is a touchy subject and some people feel that "it's their responsibility to do it regardless" and I'd rather not hear from those who feel that way. Yes, I do feel it's a responsibility but at the same time, I am responsible for transporting my seven year old to and from school.

I've called the nearest daycares and they are all "full" as they've put it. This means that I cannot send him anywhere after school. My husband works and will not get paid for any time off that he is not at work.

I was told by one friend to simply "pull my son out of school and take him with me to the courthouse" to which I've been informed will lead me to be held in contempt, charged, etc for child endangerment and I really don't think a child should be at a courthouse.

So what am I supposed to do about this situation? P.S. I would rather not hear from those who are simply going to tell me to suck it up and deal with it. Thank you.

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Kim - posted on 01/08/2011

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I had a Toddler at home and was pregnant, needing to eat every 1.5 to 2 hrs and I still had to show up. Luckily I had my MIL to watch my son but if I didn't it would have been the same thing. You can usually change it for 6 months from then but usually the circumstances are the same or worse. I do think they should give parents a break and let them help some other way if regular jury duty won't work. Or maybe they should start to have childcare for jurers. That would help a lot of people out!

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A lot of times you won't even end up being called in or having to stay. In Michigan you are put in a group & you have to call an automated system to see if your group has to show up. So maybe you won't end up needing to go. Also are you friends with any neighbors you can change rides with or is there any children in your son's class whom you trust their parents? Maybe he could home with them for a few days & you could pick him out when you get out? Does your school have a latch key program, where your son can stay after? I totally understand your situation & with proper proof I think people should be excused. A lot of time people get excused because they have had a similar experience. My hubby got called to serve on a B&E case (robbery) and since our garage had recently been broken into they said it was a conflict of interest & he was dismissed. MAYBE you will have conflict of interest when you go in...just sayin ;)

Jo - posted on 01/09/2011

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Request a postponement to summer, when your son will be out of school. Child care is not considered a reason to get out of jury duty, unfortunately.

Angie - posted on 01/09/2011

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Your friend seems to be willing to help you buck the system, now see how good a friend she is and ask her to watch your son after school so you can preform you civic duty. I know daycare can be a real pain but I know that something will work out and you'll be able to go. I was called once and my husband took the time off work so I could go. Thank God he could because I was a SAHM with two young children.

Lissa - posted on 01/09/2011

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I live in Scotland so maybe it is different but when I explained that I had nobody to look after my child and that there were no child care options I was excused. It actually happened twice in about 18 months.

Candy - posted on 01/09/2011

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Could you tell them you dont believe in the death penlty? That way they want pick you. Dont they have to pick you once you are there?

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