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Called for Jury Duty

EwaightEEwaight Posts: 250
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:19 AM in Water Cooler
I was recently called for jury duty for the 5th time in 7 years. In the past I have not been able to serve because I was in some sort of recovery or getting ready for surgery and could not sit for any length of time.
I have my personal and professional life pretty much set up by when I sit and when I “wander.” I can sit for about 45 minutes before I am in pain and then I have to get up and walk a bit. I wander at work about every 45 minutes.
I faxed in my doctor’s orders to the jury board in May with my recent release from my fourth back surgery on 04/30/08 and asked to be released from duty. They responded back that I would have to serve this time.
They are bound and determined that I will serve, I guess. I showed up today for selection and was told that it was Federal Jury duty and I should plan on about 4 weeks of service.
I wrote down my limitations but will not receive a response until I actually go in from of a judge. I would like to serve (as this is a really juicy case) but do wonder how hard it is to actually get up and move/stretch when you are in the jury box.
Has anyone served on a jury lately with restrictions?


  • This might not be politically correct, but I always become pregnant when I have been ask.Has only happened twice to me.
    Good luck and I would get a doctors note if you are really not interested.

    Or when are you due?
  • I just received a notice for jury duty yesterday. Going to my PCP today to get a medical certification so I don't have to do it.
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
    I would think that a doctor's written note would supersede any Jury duty's call (State or Federal).
    I do not think they would like if you had to get up and walk around every 45 minutes or so.. But, if they insist on not accepting your doctor's note, then just tell them ok, but you will have to put up with me getting up and walking around every once in a while!

    If that doesnt work, just tell them, skip the trial, I vote guilty now! (Helps to have a little picture of a rope and gallows handy)

    Seriously, even if its a Federal case, your health and well being has to take priority.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • and any narcotic meds impare judgement?

    Also, I wouldn't want to be defendant when juror's pain issue is impairing(sp) their ability to think straight.
  • hoping you can get out of it.....you will just have to follow the juicy court case on t.v..... ;)
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  • You would think that I would now by now that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. I called my Dr. this morning and his nurse is going to write up a letter for me that states that I will not EVER be able to service Jury Duty. Maybe they will leave me alone now

  • From my experience, it wouldn't be at all welcomed if you had to get up and move around during a court case. It would be considered disruptive to the court and neither you or the other people in the court would be able to give the witness their full attention while you are moving around.

    In the UK,whenever you enter a court room it has to be very quietly, you have to bow to the judge (out of courtesy) and wandering around is very much frowned upon.

    I think it would be madness for them to force you to do the jury duty, I hope common sense prevails - good luck.

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