Today's Law As Amended


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SB-511 Voter file maintenance: information from potential jurors.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 203.5 is added to the Code of Civil Procedure, to read:

203.5.
 (a) The jury commissioner shall share with the county elections official for the same county the information that a potential juror provides pursuant to Section 205 about their qualification to be a juror under Section 203 for the purpose set forth in Section 2214 of the Elections Code. Information shared pursuant to this section shall retain all confidentiality from public disclosure provided under any other law.
(b) The jury commissioner shall share the information as described in subdivision (a) in an electronic format once every six months.

SEC. 2.

 Section 205 of the Code of Civil Procedure is amended to read:

205.
 (a) If a jury commissioner requires a person to complete a questionnaire, the questionnaire shall ask only questions related to juror identification, qualification, and ability to serve as a prospective juror.
(b) Except as ordered by the court,  court or as may be shared pursuant to Section 203.5,  the questionnaire referred to in subdivision (a) shall be used solely for qualifying prospective jurors, and for management of the jury system, and not for assisting in the courtroom voir dire process of selecting trial jurors for specific cases.
(c) The court may require a prospective juror to complete such additional questionnaires as may be deemed relevant and necessary for assisting in the voir dire process or to ascertain whether a fair cross section of the population is represented as required by law, if such procedures are established by local court rule.
(d) The trial judge may direct a prospective juror to complete additional questionnaires as proposed by counsel in a particular case to assist the voir dire process.

SEC. 3.

 Section 2214 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

2214.
 A county elections official shall use the information shared pursuant to Section 203.5 of the Code of Civil Procedure to perform the requirements set forth in Section 2201. Information used by the county elections official pursuant to this section shall retain all confidentiality from public disclosure provided under any other law.
SEC. 4.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.