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AB-310 Trial Jury Selection and Management Act.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.

 Section 219 of the Code of Civil Procedure is amended to read:

219.
 (a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), the jury commissioner shall randomly select jurors for jury panels to be sent to courtrooms for voir dire.
(b) (1) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), no a  peace officer, as defined in Section 830.1, subdivision (a) of Section 830.2, and or  subdivision (a) of Section 830.33, 830.33  of the Penal Code, shall not  be selected for voir dire in civil or criminal matters.
(2) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), no a  peace officer, as defined in subdivisions subdivision  (b) and or  (c) of Section 830.2 of the Penal Code, shall not  be selected for voir dire in criminal matters.
(3) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), a peace officer, as described in subdivision (a) or (b) of Section 830.5 of the Penal Code, who is employed by a probation department shall not be selected for voir dire in criminal matters. This paragraph shall remain in effect until January 1, 2024, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 Section 219.1 is added to the Code of Civil Procedure, to read:

219.1.
 (a) On or before January 1, 2023, the Judicial Council shall submit a report to the Legislature that addresses the impact of categorical exemptions to jury service, including the exemptions provided in subdivision (b) of Section 219. The report shall specifically discuss how these exemptions impact all of the following:
(1) Court administration.
(2) Diversity, including the cultural and professional backgrounds of the jury pool.
(3) Overall access to justice, including delays in trial scheduling and dismissals of last-day criminal trials.
(b) The Judicial Council may utilize representative surveys to generate the data necessary to complete the report required by this section, which it shall submit to the Legislature in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.