senate Bill S2328

Provides an exemption from service as a juror for persons seventy years of age or older

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 18 / Feb / 2009
    • REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO JUDICIARY

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Bill Details

Versions:
S2328
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
Judiciary Law

Sponsor Memo

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


PURPOSE :

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.

JUSTIFICATION :

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 :

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have
become a law.
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