Jury Duty and Breastfeeding

Some California breastfeeding women can delay Jury Duty

California law says that a breastfeeding mother can delay jury duty for 1 year.

However, some employed mothers report that they are required to serve.

Many courts have inadequate facilities to accommodate pumping.

Advocate for yourself by contacting your court, letting them know that you are breastfeeding.

If you are required to serve, request appropriate break time and accommodations for pumping.

Is there a law that says that the courts have to provide me with a location for pumping?

It isn’t totally clear.  However, you could cite the Unruh Civil Rights Act, which requires public agencies and business to provide equal accommodations.

You also have the right to a public accommodation for breastfeeding.

If all else fails, you could ask that someone bring your baby to you to breastfeed in a public place at reasonable intervals.

California Code of Civil Procedure § 210.5. 
2000 Cal AB 1814; 2000 Cal ALS 266; Stats 2000 ch 266

§ 210.5. Standardized jury summons
…shall adopt a standardized jury summons for use, with appropriate modifications, around the state, that is understandable and has consumer appeal. The standardized jury summons shall include a specific reference to the rules for breast-feeding mothers. The use of the standardized jury summons shall be voluntary, unless otherwise prescribed by the rules of court.

2004 California Rules of Court (Note: this is not a statute).
Rule 859. Deferral of jury service

A mother who is breastfeeding a child may request that jury service be deferred for up to one year, and may renew that request as long as she is breastfeeding. If the request is made in writing, under penalty of perjury, the jury commissioner must grant it without requiring the prospective juror to appear at court.

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