Sample letter to the Chief Judge of your U.S. District Court, requesting family friendly jury duty
(Last updated January 8, 2006)
The Honorable (name of the Chief Judge of your district court)
(Address of your district court)
Dear Judge ___________,
Would you please consider adopting family friendly language for the (name of your district court) court’s jury plan?
I would like to see language similar to that already used by 72 out of 94 U.S. District Courts’ Jury Plans (please see below:)
“…such persons shall be granted an excuse or deferment of service upon individual request…Persons having active care and custody of a child or children under 10 years of age whose health and/or safety would be jeopardized by their absence for jury service, or a person who is essential to the care of an aged or infirm person.”
I would like this district court’s jury plan to adopt similar family friendly language, so that breastfeeding mothers, at-home mothers of young children and family caregivers of the disabled/elderly would be allowed to defer their jury service.
Please include these compassionate provisions for jurors in your court’s jury plan so that our most vulnerable citizens…babies and small children, the disabled and elderly are protected.
After their children are older or family caregiving responsibilities have changed, most individuals would be more than happy to fulfill their obligations as good citizens.
Jury duty is an important civic responsibility, but can’t it wait?
The United States District Courts