I was called and ended up seated on a jury shortly before I was correctly diagnosed as Type 1. At the time I had no problems even though the days were actually quite long (at least they seemed that way to me). I’m not sure where you guys are that allow all the accommodations but at the time in Benton County WA they weren’t very willing to accommodate anything and the bailiff wasn’t very sympathetic either.
The trial I sat for ended up lasting 9 days even though it was a “simple” civil matter where the defendant had actually plead guilty and served 3 years in prison for arson and insurance fraud. He was being sued by the plaintiff to recover damages to a rental house. The reason for the extended length was that the defendant represented himself and the judge went WAY out of his way to allow him to do so. In the end the jury found for the plaintiff and awarded them what they were asking for, although none of us believe they’ll see a dime of it.
Sitting on that jury exempted me for 2 years and almost exactly to the day I received another summons. This time it was following my correct diagnosis and when I filled in the form indicating I was a Type 1 diabetic the court requested I get a note from my Endo excusing me from duty. Personally I wasn’t bothered by this as contrary to a statement made earlier in this thread the time away from work was very disrupting for me and my employer who informed me they were not obligated to pay me because the county/state did ($20.00 a day). In the end I was asked to report the jury duty pay and that amount was deducted from my salary. This in no way accounted for the delay in the project I was working on and the extra time I put in to catch up.
Since then I’ve moved to a different county so there’s a chance I’ll be called again, I won’t hesitate to ask to be excused.