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Lives of Doctor Wives: Jury Duty in med school?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Jury Duty in med school?

Hello ladies,

My husband, an MSII, has received summons for jury duty in October. Is medical school a valid reason for being excused? I'm guessing not... just wondered if you had any advice. He really just can't afford to miss with tons of tests the rest of the semester. I know one day isn't that big of a deal, but who knows how long the trial could go on if he is chosen. I've heard you can get called over and over... Advice? Experience?

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Blogger Amy Clore said...

Hey Desiree, he can get a "Letter of Good Standing" from the student affairs office to get him out of it. I've been told another student in our students' class had the same thing happen.

September 23, 2009 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger faith said...

good luck, desiree! i'm sure he'll be able to get out of it. that stinks to have to go through that, though.

September 23, 2009 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Desiree said...

Oh, good! I will get right on it. *Sigh of relief*

September 23, 2009 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

Umm...can he say someone in the family is a lawyer?

September 23, 2009 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger sHw said...

Yep. He can totally get out of it because he is a current student. Have the school submit a letter, or you can write one yourself, explaining that he is a student and cannot attend. They will excuse him :)
sHp

September 23, 2009 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Married to a med student - Marissa Nicole said...

Hmm - I did not know these things and I'm a lawyer.... but good to know! Good luck getting out of it!

September 23, 2009 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger Made in Taiwan said...

There should a list of acceptable reasons for dismissal from jury duty on the form. Dismissal varies by state and sometimes even by county. We knew quite a few medical students at DH's medical school who had to serve jury duty during medical school, not once, but twice. E has been called to jury duty more than once but as a "student" he is still registered in our home state and being out of state is an acceptable excuse as is being a full time student. I would look into this as soon as possible to make sure what your options are. You don't want to assume that you're excused then not show up.

September 25, 2009 at 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DH was called for jury duty, and our city does not allow it as an excuse. He ended up serving on a murder trial for two days. I don't recall that he missed anything overly important. You should look on your local government's website about excused absences.

On the other side of the coin, I was called for jury duty, and they asked my husband's profession. The lawyer commented that often a spouse will pick up on things from the other spouse's occupation, and there was no doubt that I had more medical knowledge than most. He asked if I could be impartial and not talk to my husband about the details of the case. It turned out it was a very medical case, and afterwards, it was interesting to talk to my husband about it.

September 28, 2009 at 3:10 PM  

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