Calif. Assembly Passes Bill to Allow Non-citizens to Serve on Juries
California‚Äôs Assembly passed a bill on April 25 that would permit non-U.S. citizens to serve on juries. If the bill, AB 1401, passes the Senate and is signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, California would become the first state to allow this practice. Brown has not take a public position on the bill.
The Fresno Bee reported that AB 1401 would remove the exclusion of ‚Äúlawfully present immigrants‚ÄĚ from jury selection lists that are compiled in part from California‚Äôs Department of Motor Vehicles records. The bill was written by seven Democrats on the Assembly Judiciary Committee, including the chairman, Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont).
AB 1401 would not change other qualifications for jury service: Jury candidates still must be at least 18, must live in the county that is making the summons, must be proficient in English, and must have no felony convictions....