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Jury duty -- what do you do?

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by nebby3, Nov 27, 2015.

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  1. nebby3

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    So I got the jury duty summons again. Always since dd was diagnosed I have gotten the note saying I am needed as the primary care giver of someone with a chronic illness and have gotten out of it. I am wondering at what point this stops. My dd is 13 and has had D for 12 years and had the Dexcom with share so dh could watch her bgs from work if I am out of touch (though for the past few years he hasn't really been involved in day to day decisions). Added relevant info: we homeschool so I really am dd's primary care giver in that she is with me all day. I am thinking of postponing it will summer when dd will be 14, her big brother who will be home with her will be 16 and my other two kids will be 12 and 11. I really wouldn't worry about leaving them all home without me even for a few days in a row except for the D and dd is very responsible about it. In some ways I think it could be good for her to get a mini taste of really managing her own care. What do you think? Jury duty or get the note? Do others even still get the note when their kids are teens?
     
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    I haven't had to deal with jury duty and diabetes, but I once got a summons when I was 8 months pregnant. I worried about getting assigned to a long case, and going into labor before it was over (my babies tend to come early). My number never came up so I didn't actually have to go in, though.

    How does she feel about it? My Ds is 13. I don't think I could realistically use diabetes as an excuse to get out of jury duty, but maybe homeschooling would play a role. It would depend on how self sufficient the kids were.

    Personally, jury duty sounds interesting and kind of fun. I know a lot of people avoid having to do jury duty, but it is a necessary part of our system. I I wish it didn't have such a stigma.

    You may only be needed for half a day. It's hard to know. She is probably able to take care of herself, and I would probably go, if i could.

    Just my 2 cents.
     
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    I was summoned this past June, and spent 2 and half days attending the jury selection process. I wasn't selected, I wasn't even called to take a seat.

    My daughter was still 11 at the time. She was home with my 14 year old.

    I am one of those people that like to get out of jury duty. But it is very hard to get out of jury duty here! (I tried...) I was 8 month pregnant with my first child when I attended a jury duty selection process. I didn't know that you could get out of the jury duty due to caring for a child with chronic illness. I would have tried it.
     
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    Can't you be excused because you homeschool? I haven't been called in a while, but I am primary care giver as my husband travels extensively and I have no family support system here.
     
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    When they ask you if you are biased say "Biased? No. I think they are ALL guilty!" ;)
     
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    Where I am, the homeschooling means I'm unable to serve. Basically, I am the primary caregiver of a child who cannot be left alone during the day - diabetes or not. I would say that a parent with a child in the school system would have a hard time using T1 as an argument but as a homeschooling mom, you ARE the primary caregiver. I can't remember if I used it as an OTHER argument or not but I did explain that I homeschooled and there was never a question.

    That said, hubby has never even gotten a summons - and I've probably gotten 5!
     
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    I got one summons, right after the girls were born...I mean, the week after! I just wrote that I had new born twins and would have to bring them to feed as I had no other caregivers (hubby was traveling weekly then). So for NH, when you give that reason (primary caregiver) you are off the rolls for 10 years. I haven't been called back yet, but it would be a similar excuse, primary caregiver etc. Once they are of driving age, I have no issue with doing my civic duty.

    In CT, my parents were called yearly, both turned 70, once you hit 70 they don't call anymore. LOL, they both got called about 2 months prior to their birthdays! I was called 2x' in CT in fairly quick succession. Once I was let go because I had a distant connection to the case, the other time because we, the jurors, were threatened by the defendants family while walking into the court room (got an armed escort to my car on that one!).
     
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    My parents always did jury duty even when I was much younger than your daughter. But I was in public school and we had full time babysitters anyway. My dad actually did end up on a trial that lasted several weeks while my mom was overseas for her job. It worked out fine but I had zero contact with him during the day. I have always wanted to be on a jury. I just got a summons but I have school and the school policy is that we are not allowed to. Being in medical school in my state is an automatic exemption so I won't get the chance for a few years. I would have loved to do it during a summer break.
     
  9. nebby3

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    I wouldn't mind being on a jury some day. My question is just if now is the time. My dh did a 3 week murder trial a year ago. He hated it but it sounds pretty interesting to me. Where I am homeschooling or even having little little kids at home is not a valid excuse since you can postpone up to a year but caring for a child with a chronic illness is. It doesn't get you out of being called again though. I've been called maybe 4 times in the past 8 years. Thanks, everyone, for your input.
     

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