ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEES ON JUDICIARY AND CODES
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Oral Testimony by Invitation Only
The purpose of this hearing is to examine the need to expand and update source lists from which jury pools are created to ensure that they are representative of the communities from which they are drawn and to examine the benefits of retaining demographic data on jury pool participation.
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The need to expand source lists from which prospective jurors are drawn by the Commissioner of Jurors to include, for example, both income and property taxpayers, persons receiving student aid assistance, persons receiving the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption, persons receiving workers' compensation, and persons subscribing to telephone and cable television services.
To require the Commissioner of Jurors to update these lists quarterly in order to have a more accurate list to draw from in communities that experience more transient residency patterns.
The need for a requirement that the Commissioner of Jurors collect and report demographic data on jury pool participation based on race, religion, ethnicity, age and sex, in order to provide the courts and policymakers a more accurate picture of jury pools and whether they are representative of the communities residing in the particular jurisdiction.
The need for additional efforts to contact potential jurors beyond current law.
The provisions set forth in A.11433 (Lancman, Jeffries).