|Posted:||May 15, 2017 04:46 PM|
|From:||Senator Guy Reschenthaler|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Jury Duty Exclusion for Certain Primary Caregivers|
|In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that excuses certain caregivers from serving on a jury. This legislation will also include some technical changes that clarify when someone is exempted from jury duty and when someone can be excused from jury duty for a specified period of time. Representative Matzie has introduced this legislation as House Bill 1126.
Trial by jury is a right guaranteed by both the Pennsylvania and the United States Constitution, and therefore jury duty is an important civic responsibility that needs to be preserved. However, if this duty excessively burdens individuals who provide care to their loved ones, we should ensure that they can be excused from serving on a jury while they are serving as caregivers.
My legislation would allow the following individuals to be excused from jury duty:
The legislation also clarifies that individuals who are eligible for exemption from jury duty altogether, including family members of a victim of a homicide or someone over the age of 75, may opt to serve on a jury if they so choose.
By updating the language and allowing primary caregivers to be excused from jury duty, we can preserve the essential process of jury selection while ensuring that individuals can adequately care for those who depend on them.
I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this legislation. Please contact my office with any questions at 717-787-5839.