Introduced by Senator Sears of Bennington District
Subject: Judiciary; jury service; legislative exemption
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to exempt elected members of the general assembly from being required to serve as jurors while the general assembly is in session.
AN ACT RELATING TO JURY SERVICE BY MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 4 V.S.A. § 962 is amended to read:
§ 962. QUALIFICATIONS; EXCUSE FROM SERVICE
(a) A person shall be qualified for jury service if the person:
(1) is a citizen of the United States who has attained the age of majority;
(2) resides within the geographical jurisdiction of the court in which called to serve;
(3) is able to read, write, understand, and speak the English language;
(4) is capable, by reason of mental or physical condition, to render satisfactory jury service; and
(5) has not served a term of imprisonment in this state after conviction of a felony.
(b) No person shall be automatically excused from jury service except as provided in this section; however, the presiding judge may excuse a person for all or part of the two-year period upon individual request showing undue hardship on the prospective juror or the employer.
(c) Elected members of the general assembly shall not be summoned for jury service or required to serve as jurors while the general assembly is in session.
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