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House of Representatives

File No. 650

General Assembly

 

February Session, 2018

(Reprint of File No. 533)

Substitute House Bill No. 5414

 

As Amended by House
Amendment Schedule "A"

Approved by the Legislative Commissioner

April 26, 2018

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE JUROR SELECTION PROCESS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (Effective from passage) (a) There is established a task force to study jury selection in the state to determine whether processes currently in place result in a fair cross-section of the community being summoned for jury duty and whether a fair cross-section of the community appear for jury service. In connection with such study, the task force may (1) collect statistics and conduct data analysis of jurors appearing for jury service, (2) review juror selection processes and procedures utilized in other jurisdictions, and (3) conduct research that is consistent with the objectives of the study.

(b) The task force shall consist of the following members:

(1) The Chief Court Administrator, or the Chief Court Administrator's designee;

(2) The Chief State's Attorney, or the Chief State's Attorney's designee;

(3) The Chief Public Defender, or the Chief Public Defender's designee;

(4) The Attorney General, or the Attorney General's designee;

(5) The Jury Administrator, or the Jury Administrator's designee;

(6) The president of the Connecticut Bar Association, or the president's designee;

(7) The president of the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut, or the president's designee;

(8) The president of the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association, or the president's designee;

(9) The president of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association, or the president's designee;

(10) The president of the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association, or the president's designee;

(11) The president of the Portuguese Bar Association of Connecticut, or the president's designee;

(12) The president of the Connecticut Italian-American Bar Association, or the president's designee; and

(13) The deans of The University of Connecticut School of Law, Quinnipiac University School of Law and Yale Law School, or their respective designees.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made not later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The Chief Court Administrator shall select the chairpersons of the task force from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held not later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) The administrative staff of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the judiciary shall serve as administrative staff of the task force.

(f) Not later than July 1, 2019, the task force shall report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the judiciary and to the Chief Court Administrator, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. Such recommendations may include statutory revisions that would enhance the representativeness of the juror array. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or July 1, 2019, whichever is later.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill establishes a task force to study jury selection in the state to determine whether processes currently in place result in a fair cross-section of the community being summoned for jury duty and whether a fair cross-section of the community appear for jury service. The task force shall submit its findings and recommendations to the judiciary committee by July 1, 2019.

This bill has no fiscal impact as PA 17-236 prohibits transportation allowances for task force members.

House “A” alters the membership of the task force and will not result in a fiscal impact.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5414 (as amended by House "A")

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE JUROR SELECTION PROCESS.

SUMMARY

The Office of Legislative Research does not analyze Special Acts.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

31

Nay

6

(04/02/2018)

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