Model Jury Duty Legislation
Model (sample) Jury Duty Legislation:
AN ACT relating to jurors.
2. (a) The Chief Circuit Judge, prior to the assignment of a prospective juror to a trial court, and the trial judge, after assignment to his or her court, shall defer a prospective juror when that person:
1. Is the primary caregiver having active care and custody of a child under six (6) years of age or an elderly or disabled family member; and
2. Completes a form described in this subparagraph and provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts, subject to approval by the Chief Justice of the (name of state) Supreme Court. The form, at a minimum, shall contain the prospective juror's:
a. Statement that he or she is the primary caregiver having active care and custody of a child under six (6) years of age or an elderly or disabled family member;
b. Request to be deferred;
c. Signed declaration that he or she has completed the form with information that is true to the best of his or her knowledge; and
d. Acknowledgment that a willful misrepresentation of a material fact on the form may be punished by fine, imprisonment, or both
(b) The Chief Circuit Judge or the trial court judge, as appropriate, may question a prospective juror about the contents of the submitted form before arriving at the determination in paragraph (c) of this subsection.
(c) If the appropriate judge determines that a prospective juror has met the requirements of paragraph (a) of this subsection, that judge shall:
1. Enter this determination in the space provided on the form and on the list of names drawn from the jury wheel; and
2. Cause the immediate notification of the person that he or she is deferred.
(d) The contents of the form shall be made available to parties or their attorneys of record unless the court determines in any instance in the interest of justice that this information shall be kept confidential or its use limited in whole or in part.
(e) No person shall willfully misrepresent a material fact on the form.