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AB-324 Trial jurors: eligibility.(2015-2016)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 06, 2015

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 324


Introduced by Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer

February 13, 2015


An act to amend Section 203 of the Code of Civil Procedure, relating to trial jurors.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 324, as amended, Jones-Sawyer. Trial jurors: eligibility.
Existing law excludes from jury service a person who has been convicted of malfeasance in office. Existing law also excludes from jury service a felon whose civil rights have not been restored.
This bill would eliminate the exclusion of instead exclude a felon whose civil rights have not been restored and would instead who has not completed probation, parole, post-release community supervision, or mandatory supervision. This bill would also categorically exclude a felon person who has been convicted of bribery, perjury, forgery, or other high crimes.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 203 of the Code of Civil Procedure is amended to read:

203.
 (a) All persons are eligible and qualified to be prospective trial jurors, except the following:
(1) Persons who are not citizens of the United States.
(2) Persons who are less than 18 years of age.
(3) Persons who are not domiciliaries of the State of California, as determined pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 2020) of Chapter 1 of Division 2 of the Elections Code.
(4) Persons who are not residents of the jurisdiction wherein they are summoned to serve.
(5) Persons who have been convicted of bribery, perjury, forgery, malfeasance in office, or other high crimes.
(6) Persons who have not completed probation, parole, post-release community supervision, or mandatory supervision for the conviction of a felony.

(6)

(7) Persons who are not possessed of sufficient knowledge of the English language, provided that no person shall be deemed incompetent solely because of the loss of sight or hearing in any degree or other disability which impedes the person’s ability to communicate or which impairs or interferes with the person’s mobility.

(7)

(8) Persons who are serving as grand or trial jurors in any court of this state.

(8)

(9) Persons who are the subject of conservatorship.
(b) A person shall not be excluded from eligibility for jury service in the State of California, for any reason other than those reasons provided by this section.