Sep 25, 2006

SEA 232 - Jury Service Exemptions

Kudos to Indiana on this one. It repeals a provision allowing for certain jury service exemptions and puts in its place a deferral system by which selected jurors may defer service for up to a year if they select an alternate date. This law ends the dodging of jury service while simultaneously giving people an option that reduces the inconvenience of service as much as possible. Jury service is a duty that every registered voter owes in exchange for that privilege, and is essential to the functioning of our court system. That being said, there’s no reason to make jury service more of an inconvenience than it has to be. Hopefully this will lead to much more enthusiastic jurors, who will view jury service as less of a chore.

Author: Beverly J. Gard
Sponsor: Ralph M. Foley

2 comments:

Ed Gluck said...

"This law ends the dodging of jury service while simultaneously giving people an option that reduces the inconvenience of service as much as possible."

Nice try but how about paying members of the Jury at least $100/day. This was a problem listed by the "Rebels" in what became known as "Shays's Rebellion". The poor and middle class need to become involved. The whip seems effective at keeping them uninvolved, let's try a carrot.

Anonymous said...

So, would the LPIN support an exemption for non-voters or those who do not recognize any such duty to the state? Support of this bill by the LPIN leaves out those libertarians who do not recognize the state as an entity to which fealty is owed.

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