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
begin delete eliminate the exclusion ofend delete a felon begin delete whose civil rights have not been restored and would insteadend delete exclude a begin delete felonend delete 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:
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.
P2 1(2) Persons who are less than 18 years of age.
2(3) Persons who are not domiciliaries of the State of California,
3as determined pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section
42020) of Chapter 1 of Division 2 of the Elections Code.
5(4) Persons who are not residents of the jurisdiction wherein
6they are summoned to serve.
7(5) Persons who have been convicted of bribery, perjury,
8forgery, malfeasance in office, or other high crimes.
13 Persons who are not possessed of sufficient knowledge of
14the English language, provided that no person shall be deemed
15incompetent solely because of the loss of sight or hearing in any
16degree or other disability which impedes the person’s ability to
17communicate or which impairs or interferes with the person’s
20 Persons who are serving as grand or trial jurors in any court
21of this state.
23 Persons who are the subject of conservatorship.
24(b) A person shall not be excluded from eligibility for jury
25service in the State of California, for any reason other than those
26reasons provided by this section.