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    Default Defer Jury Duty during pregnancy

    Can you be excused from jury duty in Victoria if you are pregnant? Or is that not a valid reason? Has any one tried to defer jury service because they were pregnant?

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    I was called for Jury Service when I was a few weeks pregnant with DS and suffering awful morning sickness. I tried to get out of it but they wouldn't accept it as an excuse, only let me defer it for a few months so I ended up having to do it anyway. This was in 2003 so not sure if things have changed. I was called up again in 2010 and was excused as I had young children to look after.

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    I would think that you could only be excused if you were having ongoing medical issues with your pregnancy or you were in very advanced stages.

    Is there not a number on the summons you can phone to enquire?

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    I wrote a letter in 2009 saying I was pregnant cranky, down a car with a one year old I had not intentions of putting into care and they excused me.

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    This might be a stupid question, but can someone explain how jury duty works?


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    I got out of it, but was in 3rd trimester at the time.

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    I refused Jury Duty last year on the basis I had no care for my children.
    You could say you are pregnant and suffering all day sickness.

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    In WA pregnancy is listed as a reason to be excused. So is having young children.

    I was called in the early stages of pregnancy with DS3 and had no issues being excused.

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    Thanks for all the comments. I did jury duty about 6 years ago in Victoria and the trial lasted about 2 days. It seems a little unfair that they called me up again so soon. Went to my GP tonight and while I was there I asked the question: is being pregnant a good enough excuse to avoid jury duty......the answer was "probably not unless your close to full term"

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    Nup I don't think that it will be a good enough excuse. You could let the judge know that you are happy to do it but a little concerned your need to constantly wee will distract the proceedings!


 

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