State Senate Mulls Bill To OK Jury Duty For Non-Citizens

CBS Los Angeles

SAN DIEGO (CBSLA.com) — Will California become the first U.S. state to allow non-citizens to serve on juries?

Assembly Bill 1401, which was passed by legislators back in April, would allow the state to widen the pool of prospective jurors by making all lawful immigrants eligible to serve.

However, the amendment would not change currently existing criteria to be eligible to serve on a jury, including being at least 18 years old and a resident in the county issuing the summons, and being proficient in English.

The bill’s author, Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO the legislation is critical at a time when many citizens try to get out of serving on a jury.[cbs-audio url=”http://cbsla.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/wieckowski-jury-0529.mp3″ size=”” download=”” name=”Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski” artist=”KNX 1070″]

“You talk to people about they got a notice to serve on a jury and all, they’re complaining,” Wieckowski said. “It’s an obligation that we…

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