Denied an Excuse for Jury Duty even with Dr. Note!!

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bachi
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   Posted 4/21/2009 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so angry.
 
I have bad Crohn's disease. I was hospitalized two weeks ago due to my Crohn's. I got a summons for Jury Duty, and my GI wrote a note explaining my condition and put in his medical opinion I am not well enough to serve. The courts told me I have to report anyway, and denied my request.  Now I'm going to have to report for Jury duty where I'll have to subject myself to more anxiety and embarassment!
 
What am I to do if I have a BM attack during court proceedings! I'm terrified!

HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 4/21/2009 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I was denied excuse also BUT only the excuse from going in the first place. I was told to bring that note with me to the courrt and show it to the judge if I was selected to be reviewed for a trial. My trial was cancelled due to plea bargain, but I was told if I showed the judge my note he would have excused me. I think the administrative staff can no longer excuse and you have to go through the judge.
Take it easy and try not to let this add to your stress. take care....
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....


Zanne
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   Posted 4/21/2009 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I think things are different in each state. In my state, I send the note in, in about 10 days I get a letter back saying I am excused. I have been called 4 or 5 times, with the most recent being last fall, and each time it has been the same. But I know that in other states people have to bring the excuse letter with them. So I would think that you should just take it easy and trust that the judge will not want to have court interrupted multiple times for potty breaks.
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


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Becky77
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   Posted 4/21/2009 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Zanne, it probably differs state to state. I got summoned and then had surgery after going to the ER. The summons ended up being 2 weeks after surgery. My mom made a couple phone calls, and they told her all I would need to do is call if I couldn't come. It turned out that the whole week "my number" wasn't called in, so it never became an issue.
Becky

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05
Currently on Humira, Prilosec, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12; phenergan, ultram, clonazepam as needed


FitzyK23
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   Posted 4/21/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   

My advice is the third down.


27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 


bachi
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   Posted 4/21/2009 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for all the good advice everyone!

I felt so much better after reading your posts!

 


Bible
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   Posted 4/22/2009 5:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Take the note on the day that you are required to report- Show it to the judge- You will be more likely to get individulaized assistance with the judge on that day.
Good Luck!

Sniper
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   Posted 4/22/2009 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was called for jury duty the first thing the judge did was ask if anyone had a reason to feel that they could not serve and I would think that is when your note would do the trick. I also saw one man stand and say that he hated lawyers and insurance companies,( it was that type of case) and had nothing but contempt for the legal system. After only a few minutes of discussion, he was excused. I was not dx with crohns at the time and though I had gut problems I was picked and served. There were many breaks and we did not sit for very long periods so I did ok. I found it very interesting and at times intertaining, as when one doctor testified and made the attorney look like a total idiot. I think it was all the judge could do to keep from laughing. I hope all goes well for you but if you are picked and need to go to the restroom make it known to the judge and I am sure they will take a break for you. Heck, if you interrupt enough, they may excuse you after all..
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randynoguts
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   Posted 4/23/2009 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
even if they dont excuse you, i would ask for a restroom break every 15 minutes till they send you packing.. or just keep getting up and going. if they tell you you have to ask first, say, what is this kindergarten? and it would be an invasion of my privacy to announce in court about my medical condition. also hire a lawyer that is waiting in the hallways for business and get you some money!
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 4/24/2009 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Randy,

The reason you have to ask for permission is because every juror has to hear every single thing said during the trial in order to make a fair and informed decision. It is not so much about asking permission as making sure that the trial stops and you don't miss anything. I agree that the op should be excused and if he/she is not should feel free to stop the proceedings as many times as necessary. However, it would not be a reasonable accommodation for the proceedings to continue in his or her absence. Lawyers, witnesses, clients, etc. have the freedom to come and go as they please but not the jurors.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 


dorri
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   Posted 4/24/2009 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I was called as a wittness once and I had to go regardless of crohn's. They were very accomodating by saying they would arrange travel arrangements for me to get to the courthouse.


randynoguts
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   Posted 4/25/2009 4:30 AM (GMT -6)   
fitzy, yeah i know i was being "me" and saying what i would LIKE to do.. the real world is of course much harder than my imagination.. :-P
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Dave D
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   Posted 4/25/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I told them I would be happy to serve but because of my Crohn's, I would have to have lots of rest breaks. They sent me packing even without a letter.
Dave D
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