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Thread: Medical Excuse from jury duty in Oregon?

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    Default Medical Excuse from jury duty in Oregon?

    Hi all,

    I've had MS for 12 years now - moved to Oregon about a year ago. Upon receiving a jury duty summons, I contacted my doctor right away and he wrote me a letter asking the court to excuse me from duty. Have a lot of problem with severe nerve pain, muscle spasms, dizziness, cognitive problems (plenty), bladder control, to name a few. Where I lived before I was able to be permanently excused by the courts. Here - where it would also mean driving 140 miles round trip, which I absolutely cannot do though I have a license, I can't concentrate or endure that long of a trip, one has to send the request to be excused by mail, you can't call them.

    Anyway, the doctor's nurse gave me the letter but said, "I don't know if they are going to excuse you or not." (She'd also asked me why I can't serve??)

    Does anyone have experience with getting excused from jury duty in Oregon? Surely it would be only common sense given my level of disability? Was the nurse just being thoughtless? I'm starting to worry that she'd seen patients denied but have no one to ask & just have to wait for the court to respond.

    Any Oregon residents who have been excused from duty, I'd love to hear if it is possible with a doctor's excuse. (I know it's probably different for every county - I'm in Lane).

    Thanks so much, folks!


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    Distinguished Community Member renee's Avatar
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    I'm not in Oregon but I can't stop myself from saying the nurse sounds like a blathering idiot.

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    Default No problem in Massachusetts

    You may have missed some part of what the nurse said. One thing I was thinking is that there are often some buzz words you have to know to unlock the magic doors. For example, you probably needed to say and have your doctor confirm that you can not concentrate. It could be that simple.
    Good luck.

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    Did the doctor list all those problems in the letter? In addition to the not concentrating, I would think the need for frequent bathroom breaks would definitely excuse you.

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    I just sent the forms back and informed them of my inability due to MS,
    and never heard from them again.
    Love, Sally

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    Welcome to this board, selkie! Maybe you were here a while back? The name seems familiar.

    I'm in Oregon but the jury duty question hasn't come up yet. It did come up in WA state a couple of times. A doctor's note was required the first time but after that I sent in a form stating that I couldn't serve.

    There are a number of reasons why I can't do this even though it could be interesting, I'm sure. One is the need to visit the bathroom often as Parsi mentioned. Another is that I can't last through a day without a nap, and that means lying down and sleeping for about an hour. Still another is that my eyesight is impaired. I don't follow fast action, and sometimes in a courtroom the activity can be fast. Also, I don't hear well in group settings.

    I think the nurse was just trying to let you know that the decision wasn't up to her--in case you might look to her for some notion about the outcome. It's probably a standard statement she makes to everyone who comes along with that form.

    After all you were permanently excused in your previous location.

    Hope you won't have to make that long trip.
    MS, diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2001-2004. Copaxone 2006-2009.

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    Thanks - I did see that page - a bit nervous as it doesn't really say a medical excuse will be granted, even with a note from one's doctor which I have. Guess I'll continue to be holding my breath until I hear.

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    Thanks all who've responded; I hope all will go well and they accept my doctor's note. He wasn't allowed by law to state my specific disability but he did say in his medical opinion that I'm unfit now and any time in the future.

    Agate, I also included a letter with the doctor's telling them my specific symptoms due to SPMS. It makes absolutely no sense they could have me serve - I am too ill. The nurse's comment really unnerved me. But no choice except to wait and see what they decide. Why would they even want someone who might have a medical emergency during the trial?

    Thank you all very much for your comments, and thank you, Agate for the welcome. I did register years ago but haven't been online much. I do read but not post often.

    Take care all, selkie

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    You may not ever hear from them again; they might simply put you on a permanently excused list and that will end it. The nurse sounds like an idiot. But then I've met several like her in the past month or so.....
    ...I am not a doctor nor medical professional, and don't pretend to be one, here... :o

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