Witness' Dismissal From Norwich Courtroom Brings Reminders About Breastfeeding Law
That incident, and others like it, led to the change in the law. One component allows women who are breastfeeding to be excused from jury duty for one year after their child's birth. It also requires the Judicial Branch to provide information on its website about breastfeeding in courthouses. Griswold said she checked the website to see if that sort of information had been posted, and it had. But she would like to know what type of training is being done.
Court officials said current Jury Administrator Esther Harris provided training to her staff and court staff on issues regarding breastfeeding women who have been summoned for jury service, including reasonable accommodations that may be made. But there was apparently never more broad training that discussed how to handle breastfeeding courtroom spectators or witnesses. Court officials said beyond sending out the recent memo, there are no plans to add training sessions.