BILL NUMBER: AB 1814	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	CHAPTER   266
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE   AUGUST 31, 2000
	APPROVED BY GOVERNOR   AUGUST 30, 2000
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY   AUGUST 21, 2000
	PASSED THE SENATE   AUGUST 18, 2000
	AMENDED IN SENATE   JUNE 20, 2000
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY   APRIL 10, 2000
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY   APRIL 4, 2000

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Lempert

                        FEBRUARY 3, 2000

   An act to add Section 210.5 to the Code of Civil Procedure,
relating to jury service.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 1814, Lempert.  Jury service:  breast-feeding.
   (1) Existing law provides that an eligible person may be excused
from jury service only for undue hardship, upon themselves or upon
the public, as defined by the Judicial Council.
   This bill would require the Judicial Council to adopt a rule of
court to specifically allow the mother of a breast-fed child to
postpone jury duty for a period of one year providing that all steps
should be taken to eliminate the need for the mother to physically
appear in court to make this request, and providing that at the end
of the one-year period jury duty may be further postponed upon
written request by the mother of a breast-fed child.
   (2) Existing law specifies the required contents of a jury
summons.
   This bill would require the Judicial Council to adopt a
standardized jury summons for use, with appropriate modifications,
around the state, that is understandable and has consumer appeal.
The standardized jury summons would be required to include a specific
reference to the rules for breast-feeding mothers.  The use of the
standardized summons would be voluntary, unless otherwise prescribed
by the rules of court.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:


  SECTION 1.  The Judicial Council shall adopt a rule of court to
specifically allow the mother of a breast-fed child to postpone jury
duty for a period of up to one year, providing that all steps should
be taken to eliminate the need for the mother to physically appear in
court to make this request, and providing that at the end of the
one-year period, jury duty may be further postponed upon written
request by the mother of a breast-fed child.
  SEC. 2.  Section 210.5 is added to the Code of Civil Procedure, to
read:
   210.5.  The Judicial Council shall adopt a standardized jury
summons for use, with appropriate modifications, around the state,
that is understandable and has consumer appeal.  The standardized
jury summons shall include a specific reference to the rules for
breast-feeding mothers.  The use of the standardized jury summons
shall be voluntary, unless otherwise prescribed by the rules of
court.