Provides an exemption from service as a juror for persons seventy years of age or older where such person claims an exemption.
BILL NUMBER: S2328
TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the judiciary law, in relation to providing persons seventy years of age or older with an exemption from service as a juror
To provide optional excuse from jury service for persons age 70 or over.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
This bill adds a new section 512 of the judiciary law.
Recently a 78 year old Buffalo woman went downtown to perform jury duty. While there she slipped, fell and broke her hip. While in the hospital, she suffered a heart attack and died. When it comes to performing jury duty, there are no exemptions permitted under law. However, many seniors citizens are either frail, unable to drive or utilize public transportation, afraid of traveling downtown or simply unable to perform the duties involved with jury duty. It is difficult for a senior to get a doctor's note simply because they may be afraid. In addition, the age cap of 70 is the same as the required age in which judges must retire.
This is not an attempt to reintroduce jury duty exemptions, simply an attempt to provide senior citizens the option of declining jury duty once the local Commissioner of Jurors has called them.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
S.2427/A.4671 of 2007-08; S.3106/A.5518 of 2005-06, S.53 of 2003-04, S.4166 of 2001-02.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2328 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 18, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. PADAVAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary AN ACT to amend the judiciary law, in relation to providing persons seventy years of age or older with an exemption from service as a juror THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The judiciary law is amended by adding a new section 512 to read as follows: S 512. EXEMPTION. A PERSON SEVENTY YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER SHALL BE EXEMPT FROM SERVICE AS A JUROR UPON CLAIMING EXEMPTION THEREFROM. S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09389-01-9