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Juries: Breastfeeding

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 179684, tabled on 12 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether needing to breast feed a child is a legitimate reason to (a) postpone or (b) be exempted from jury service.

Answered on

15 April 2021

Breastfeeding jurors who wish to undertake jury service can discuss their needs with the court to ensure that they can be supported during their service. This support could include providing a place to express milk and suitable storage for expressed milk. HMCTS will be guided by the needs of the individual and will meet any reasonable request wherever possible.

All jurors, including breastfeeding women, can apply to change the date of their jury service to another date within a 12-month period of the original summons. This is known as a deferral. If a juror believes they cannot serve at any time during those 12 months, they can apply to be excused. Deferral and excusal applications are considered by summoning officers at the Jury Central Summoning Bureau (JCSB) Each application is carefully considered on its own merits and in light of individual circumstances.

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Named day questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.