One of the responsibilities of being a citizen of Canada is that of being summoned to Jury Duty. Helping to form a jury of peers for a court case is a duty and privilege and should be considered a very interesting opportunity. However, if the summons comes in the middle of a school year it could also be considered an unfair interruption to your child’s education. Because there is no way of knowing the length of trial you are being asked to be involved in, there is also no way of knowing the extent of disruption to your children’s school year. As such, many homeschool moms who have received a summons have sought to be excused from duty. HSLDA can help with that process. We have been successful in getting our members exempt from duty, or in getting their service deferred to another time.
If you receive the summons from the Ministry of the Attorney General, contact our office immediately. We will provide you with a draft letter requesting exemption or deferral based on the fact that you are your child’s sole educator and care provider.
As always, HSLDA will be there to help you navigate this scenario should it arise during your homeschool experience. Having our Legal Services behind you is one aspect of the support and confidence you need to concentrate on giving your children the best education possible.