Diabetes and jury duty...

By melissa5786 Latest Reply 2012-10-20 09:47:01 -0500
Started 2012-10-15 20:01:44 -0500

So, I got summoned for jury duty on 10/31. Not only is it super short notice, but I'm extremely nervous to sit in a jury room for hours with my diabetes. I'm going to call tomorrow and see if I can be exempt because if I'm nervous about going low and passing out I'm going to start having panic attacks because I'm nervous it will happen…

I've never been to jury duty, but from what I understand you only get so many breaks and if I'm in a trial I can't get up to have a snack because my blood sugar dropped to 45.

Has anyone ever had to deal with this? It really is making me a nervous wreck!

14 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-19 10:08:24 -0500 Report

I called the courthouse to get an exemption. I was told they make no concessions for diabetics. You can eat in the jury room but not in the courtroom. I was on a trial prior to being diabetic and there were no breaks until someone on the jury started moving around because he had to use the bathroom. I did not go to jury duty.

Just because you are summoned does not mean you will actually picked for a trial even if you are sent to the court room. The Prosecution and the Defense can eliminate you if you are called to be seated. The defendant has a right to say who they want on their jury and the defendant can have you eliminated based on looks, responses to questions or your race or simply because he/she doesn't think you would be able to vote not guilty.

Here in my city once you are called to the courtroom the judge will ask those in the courtroom if they have a reason for not serving on the jury. People who have been victims of a crime that is the same as the person on trial are usually excused. They will also excuse you from the trial if you know the victim or the lawyer in some cases. You are actually panicking for no reason.

My doctor won't give me an excuse to be eliminated from jury duty because my diabetes is not a disability.

Jan8 2012-10-20 09:47:01 -0500 Report

I beg to differ with your doc. When a bg is too low how in the world can anyone think straight? Everyone is different and not all of us can keep bgs normal. It would disrupt the courtroom and I would tell them just that and flatley refuse. If that's not a disability I don't know what is!!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-10-19 23:44:03 -0500 Report

I was allowed to eat in the court room! They can not put your health in jepardy either. You have to be honest as I was, and I explained I am an insulin user. I was really lucky to have a wonderfully understanding judge. You can always have your dr write a prescription saying you need breaks to check bg and to eat accordingly as well as bathroom breaks.

lipos18 2012-10-18 13:33:26 -0500 Report

Oh i never actually thought of that ya i actually have a jury duty on the 15th of november too. But i guess it depends if ur using the pump then u can decrease the percentage of basel rate thats what i do when i got to gym to avoid low and u can get the glucose tables at pretty much any place cvs wallgreen and just put it in ur mouth and it dissolve quick u dnt even need to chew.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-10-17 19:47:46 -0500 Report

I was served and picked to sit on trial. I'm a type 1 and thought they would eliminate me, but nope. The judge was very nice and said for me to let him know when I needed any kind of break and actually had them place a big bowl of mini candy bars and cheese and crackers, peanut butter and crackers, juice boxes and water in front of me. He did give breaks often even though I didn't ask. I also was given a cumfy chair. Oh, this was back in 2008.

I didn't think to ask if he had a diabetic family member, but since he did this I figured he did or he was a very understanding person.

I actually liked serving, it was really interesting. Also, being excused doesn't mean you will not get picked again and it doesn't mean you will be excused again. They don't let you out as easy as they used to.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-19 10:14:56 -0500 Report

Red I have a friend who is in an electric scooter because she lost a leg and she is T2 diabetic who has problems with her control because of the medications she takes. She was called for jury duty and asked to be excused and was told no. When she told the Judge she was diabetic he didn't care. She was chosen for the jury and because she couldn't eat her snack, her sugar level dropped. When the judge noticed she was beginning to become listless, he called a recess and she went out in the hall to eat her snack. The judge had her paged to come to his chambers and she was escorted back to him. She said he apologized profusely and he had a snack brought in for her. When court resumed, he told the courtroom that his lack of concern almost jeopardized a jurist and he apologized again and told her that if she needed her snacks during the trial to go ahead and eat them. She made it through two days of trial and he was very attentive to her needs.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-10-19 23:48:09 -0500 Report

It can be done, just like anything else we have to make adjustments to with diabetes. It isn't bad doing jury duty, and alot of the time you are sent from the court room so they can talk without the jurors hearing which gives plenty of time to do what is needed. Not all judges are thoughtless, thank goodness.

Harlen 2012-10-16 15:44:35 -0500 Report

I dont like jury duty it makes me feel bad for weeks so the last time I was told to do it I sed that if the cops sey they did it then they must have done it .
They havent called me again weeeeeeeee cut the stress when and where you can
Best wishes

Turtle 2012-10-17 20:59:18 -0500 Report

I have been able to get out of it every time. They have stopped asking me. I really like Harlen's comment about the cops…lol. I have a painful past that does not sit well with me in a court room. I did not do anything wrong. It is what was done to me.

tholz 2012-10-16 19:48:48 -0500 Report

Wow my daughter just got one to report for juror duty. First time for her. I got one for the Grand juror I got out of it

melissa5786 2012-10-16 09:22:49 -0500 Report

I called the court house earlier this morning.. I've been excused from jury duty, but not because of my diabetes.

I'm actually not completely sure why they excused me.. It might be because I'm the care provider for my nephew and 2 weeks was too short of notice for my sister and brother-in-law to find someone else to watch him.

It just seemed too easy to get excused, but I'm not complaining… I just hope I don't get another one.

Proud Army Mom
Proud Army Mom 2012-10-16 09:46:18 -0500 Report

Just fyi - I have served Jury Duty (and Grand Jury) plenty of times (and it always amazes me how I keep getting called and so many others I know never seem to!) I always kept snacks with me and no one had any problem with me eating (quietly and unobtrusively) if I need to do so. Besides which, just because you get called for jury duty, doesn't mean you will actually get selected to sit on a jury. It's much more likely that you will sit in the waiting room all day, and if that's the case, you can use the bathroom whenever you need to or walk around and eat at any time. So I wouldn't stress about this one :)