Amended in Assembly April 6, 2015

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.

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 wouldbegin delete eliminate the exclusion ofend deletebegin insert instead excludeend insert a felonbegin delete whose civil rights have not been restored and would insteadend deletebegin insert who has not completed probation, parole, post-release community supervision, or mandatory supervision. This bill would also categoricallyend insert exclude abegin delete felonend deletebegin insert personend insert 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:

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SECTION 1.  

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

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203.  

(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.

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9(6) Persons who have not completed probation, parole,
10post-release community supervision, or mandatory supervision
11for the conviction of a felony.

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12(6)

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13begin insert(7)end insert 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
18mobility.

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19(7)

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20begin insert(8)end insert Persons who are serving as grand or trial jurors in any court
21of this state.

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22(8)

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23begin insert(9)end insert 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.



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