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AB-1708 Jurors: peace officer exemption.(2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 09, 2014

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1708


Introduced by Assembly Member Alejo

February 13, 2014


An act to amend Section 219 of the Code of Civil Procedure, relating to jurors.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1708, as amended, Alejo. Jurors: peace officer exemption.
Existing law excludes certain peace officers from voir dire in civil and criminal matters, and other specified peace officers from voir dire in criminal matters.
This bill would exclude additional peace officers, including certain parole officers, probation officers, deputy probation officers, board coordinating parole agents, correctional officers, transportation officers of a probation department, and other employees of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the State Department of Mental Health State Hospitals, and the Board of Parole Hearings, from voir dire in civil and criminal matters.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


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), a peace officer, as defined in Section 830.1, subdivision (a) of Section 830.2, or subdivision (a) of Section 830.33, or subdivision (a) or (b) of Section 830.5 of the Penal Code, shall not be selected for voir dire in civil or criminal matters.
(2) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), a peace officer, as defined in subdivision (b) or (c) of Section 830.2 830.2, or subdivision (a) or (b) of Section 830.5 of the Penal Code, shall not be selected for voir dire in criminal matters.