California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 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.


AB 324, as introduced, 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 a felon whose civil rights have not been restored and would instead exclude a felon who has been convicted of bribery, perjury, forgery, or other high crimes.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

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

P1    1


Section 203 of the Code of Civil Procedure is
2amended to read:



(a) All persons are eligible and qualified to be prospective
4trial jurors, except the following:

5(1) Persons who are not citizens of the United States.

6(2) Persons who are less than 18 years of age.

7(3) Persons who are not domiciliaries of the State of California,
8as determined pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section
92020) of Chapter 1 of Division 2 of the Elections Code.

P2    1(4) Persons who are not residents of the jurisdiction wherein
2they are summoned to serve.

3(5) Persons who have been convicted ofbegin insert bribery, perjury,
4forgery,end insert
malfeasance in officebegin delete or a felony, and whose civil rights
5have not been restoredend delete
begin insert, or other high crimesend insert.

6(6) Persons who are not possessed of sufficient knowledge of
7the English language, provided that no person shall be deemed
8incompetent solely because of the loss of sight or hearing in any
9degree or other disability which impedes the person’s ability to
10communicate or which impairs or interferes with the person’s

12(7) Persons who are serving as grand or trial jurors in any court
13of this state.

14(8) Persons who are the subject of conservatorship.

15(b) begin deleteNo end deletebegin insertA end insertperson shallbegin insert notend insert be excluded from eligibility for jury
16service in the State of California, for any reason other than those
17reasons provided by this section.