jury duty with diabetes

By Sally Latest Reply 2013-11-05 16:23:46 -0600
Started 2009-11-19 13:20:58 -0600

Anyone serve on jury duty with diabetes? I have been called, this is my first time, and I am a little concerned with meeting my diabetic needs if I am not allowed to check my sugars and eat if necessary. I tend to have lows in midmorning. My dr has written a note explaining this. I am not trying to get out of it using the diabetes as an excuse, I was just wondering if they make allowances for this??

19 replies

momsjunk 2010-08-18 09:32:15 -0500 Report

I know where I live in California they have a statement on the jury summons notice. It tells you that if you need special accommodations, to notify them. This includes those with diabetes. Before I was diabetic I almost earned the privilege to actually sit on the jury but had to be excused for another reason. The judge did excuse people with diabetes because of the amount of time they would need to go without food. He reminded all of us about the statement on the summons for our future use.

Arcanun 2010-08-17 20:29:47 -0500 Report

I was served with a notice and called the court and asked if the State of Maryland made accommodations for jurors with diabetes and was told no. I then asked what happens when I have to eat a snack and lunch at a specified time. I was told to deal with it. I then asked what if a diabetic has to take a shot. I was again told the person would have to deal with it. A friend went to jury duty and because no accommodations was made for her, she nearly passed out from the stress of worrying when she would be able to take her shot, have her snack or use the rest room. She was in the courtroom from 9:30am to 1:30 when the judge allowed a break. She nearly fainted and he told the court to take 90 min. lunch break but told her to get herself together and return.

spiritwalker 2010-01-08 20:32:54 -0600 Report

I was called a couple of times for court. They were willing
to let me do what I needed for myself. They even ordered
special meals.

Turtle 2009-11-19 21:55:45 -0600 Report

I have been called to jury duty a couple of times. A court room could cause high stress for me due to something in my past and no I am not a criminal. My dr wrote a note to the court and suggested I not serve as it would un do years of her work. I was excused both times.


Sally 2009-11-20 17:23:05 -0600 Report

My brother has been excused everytime he has been called (at least 5 times). He thinks it's because he talks about his religion. Sad, if that's the case. We were raised baptist and my dad was a minister. Could just be a coincidence.

pmsteve 2009-11-19 20:42:44 -0600 Report

I'm a former police officer and have some experience with this. Most courts will make allowances to someone with diabetes or any other conditions which are as easily dealt with as diabetes. As long as the judge knows of your condition, he/she should be willing to allow time (within reason) for testing or injections, perhaps even allowing for light snacks as long as they're not disruptive. Getting jurors is becoming harder and harder. Too many people go to great lenghts to get out of jury duty.

Diabetes Police
Diabetes Police 2013-11-05 16:23:46 -0600 Report

You are correct, many people try very hard to not serve on a jury but common sense should tell you that a Type 1 diabetic could easily be at risk sitting on a jury. Let's focus on those that would not have their health at risk or even possibly their life to perform jury service!

A very good friend (over 17 years a Type 1) was sitting in his dentists waiting room and fell into hypoglycemic coma. He was treated quickly and recovered but it can happen that quickly if you know and understand the disease. I don't think the courts, including the judges should be making this assessment, a qualified physician should be doing it.

Sally 2009-11-20 17:20:06 -0600 Report

I am not trying to get out of it, I actually think I would like it. I certainly don't want diabetes to stop me from doing anything. I just have concerns, and would absolutely be mortified if I passed out in the court room (if I get picked)from low sugar :)

pmsteve 2009-11-20 17:28:58 -0600 Report

I just meant that too many folks TRY to get out of jury duty and here you are hoping to get picked despite having diabetes. It's admirable! I've been on jury duty a couple of times and found it to be very interesting! (better than working)…

Sally 2009-11-19 20:19:24 -0600 Report

Thanks everyone for your support, this could prove interesting. I may not even get picked, but if I do I will let you know what they say about my need for midmorning snacks. I can miss my afternoon snack and not get a low, but mornings are just rough for me.

Harlen 2009-11-19 19:53:40 -0600 Report

I tell them I hate every one and they all need to die
If the cop arested them there gilty.
They havent called me back lol that was 9 years ago
no letters nothing.I have done it 10 times that was 1 to menny

June Tademy
June Tademy 2009-11-19 19:46:53 -0600 Report

I had my jury duty call, however, we had to call in every day until we were told to go in. I told them I was a diabetic and was told to bring in my snacks (meals) and they would accomodate me. I had no problem however, if called again I will certainly advise that I cannot handle it. Usually they are pretty nice about the situation.

BLC 2009-11-19 19:27:36 -0600 Report

I got called for jury duty this summer. My sugars had been so crazy and I was on the pump and was just really dealing with some unstable sugars. I wrote a note to the county court clerk letting them in on my situation. I wasn't trying to get out of it either but I did want to give them a heads up on my situation. I did however let them know that I was afraid I could be a hindrance to court proceedings. Anyway they sent me a letter saying I was excused from jury duty due to a medical condition.

salmanda 2009-11-19 19:25:34 -0600 Report

I am sure they will have to make accomodations for you as a diabetic. The Americans with Disabilities Act would most likely apply inn this situation, too. Disabilities do not always have to be obvious as diabetes isn't. You could check into that.
So good luck on the jury if you are chosen. I have always wanted to serve on a jury. I think it would be very interesting.

ptsparkle 2009-11-19 17:25:29 -0600 Report

I would check with your county or state courts. I don't forsee any problems at all. What if you were on oxygen, would they take your tank away? You should be fine, but definetly bring it before the Judge if chosen. Good luck.

Hinboyz3 2009-11-19 17:08:31 -0600 Report

Please let me know Sally, cause just like hbkunkel said, I was in a large room for hours not allowed to leave, watching a movie and people had their headphones on too. I wonder what are the guide lines for diabetics?

hbkunkel 2009-11-19 13:36:45 -0600 Report

The last time I was called to serve, we all sat in a big room and waited to be called for a case. Everyone was milling around, reading, listening to headsets, watching TV, etc and you could eat as you pleased in the room. We were not allowed to leave the area but if you take your own things in I cannot see a problem. However, if you are called for a case that would be different. Call ahead of time and ask if you can take something into the court room that is discreet (ie a small juice box or hard candies) in the event you have a problem. I doubt many people would even notice or be bothereed by you checking your blood. This raises a good question though. Let us know how things work out.

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