senate Bill S533

Grants excusal from jury duty to persons 70 years of age or older who have documented disabilities or health problems

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

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Bill Details

Versions:
S533
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
Judiciary Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S533

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the judiciary law, in relation to excusal from jury
duty for persons seventy years of age or older with documented
disabilities or health problems


PURPOSE :
To permit individuals over the age of 70 to be excused from jury duty
if they have documented disabilities or health problems.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section 1: amends subdivision (c) of section 517 of the judiciary law
to permit an applicant for excusal who is 70 years of age or older and
who submits documentation of a disability or health problem to be
excused from attendance for jury service in accordance with the
summons.

EXISTING LAW :
A mental or physical condition which causes an individual to be
incapable of performing jury service is a factor taken into
consideration when the commissioner or the court decides whether an
application for excusal should be granted.

JUSTIFICATION :
Jury duty is an obligation of all New Yorkers. However, if a senior
citizen is not well they should not be forced to submit to the jury
selection process. This legislation would make disqualification from
jury duty automatic if a person is over 70 years of age and has a
documented medical condition.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007-2008 - Judiciary

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect on the first day of the calendar month next
succeeding the 60th day after it shall have become a law.
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