PA 08-103—HB 5918

Judiciary Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING JURORS

SUMMARY: This act automatically excludes people from jury service if they have served in the past three years, but allows them to send a written notice to the jury administrator requesting that they be summoned for jury service in the same manner as others. Under prior law, someone summoned for jury service who had performed jury service in the preceding three years was excused from service at his or her request.

The act gives the jury administrator authority to add to the list of people excused from jury service those who have performed jury service within the past three years and have not submitted a request to be summoned.

Existing law prohibits an employer from depriving an employee of employment or threatening or coercing the employee because the employee receives a jury summons. The act specifies that an employee who serves eight hours of jury duty in a day is considered to have worked a legal day's work and the employer cannot require the employee to work more than eight hours. Consistent with violations of existing law, the act makes violations of its work day provision criminal contempt subject to up to 30 days in prison, a fine of up to $500, or both.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2008

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