AB 1541

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2017-2018 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly Jun 01, 2017
  • Passed Senate Aug 31, 2017
  • Signed by Governor Sep 26, 2017

Examination of prospective jurors.

Abstract

Existing law requires the court, in a criminal case, to conduct an initial examination of prospective jurors. Upon completion of this initial examination, existing law grants counsel for each party the right to examine any of the prospective jurors, as specified. Existing law authorizes the court to limit the oral and direct questioning of prospective jurors, as specified. This bill would require a trial judge to permit counsel for each party to conduct a jury examination that is calculated to discover bias or prejudice with regard to the circumstances of a particular case or the parties before the court. The bill would require the scope of the examination conducted by counsel to be within reasonable limits prescribed by the trial judge in the judge's sound discretion, as specified. The bill would also require the trial judge to permit supplemental time for questioning based on individual responses or conduct of jurors that may evince attitudes inconsistent with suitability to serve as a fair and impartial juror in the particular case. The bill would require the trial judge to, in his or her sound discretion, consider the use of reasonable written questionnaires for jury examination when requested by counsel. The bill would also require the trial judge, at the earliest practical time, to provide the parties with the list of prospective jurors in the order in which they will be called to help facilitate the jury selection process.

Bill Sponsors (2)

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Actions


Sep 26, 2017

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 302, Statutes of 2017.

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

Sep 12, 2017

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2:30 p.m.

Sep 05, 2017

Assembly

Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 65. Noes 8. Page 2941.).

Aug 31, 2017

Senate

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 38. Noes 0. Page 2343.).

Assembly

In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after September 2 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.

Aug 23, 2017

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 22, 2017

Senate

Read third time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Jul 13, 2017

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Jul 12, 2017

Senate

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (July 11).

Jun 29, 2017

Senate

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on PUB. S.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
  • Reading-2
  • Reading-1
  • Amendment-Introduction
Com. on PUB. S.

Jun 14, 2017

Senate

Referred to Com. on PUB. S.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on PUB. S.

Jun 05, 2017

Senate

In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

Jun 01, 2017

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 62. Noes 12. Page 2038.)

May 30, 2017

Assembly

Read third time and amended. Ordered to third reading. (Page 1775.)

May 11, 2017

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 10, 2017

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.

May 09, 2017

Assembly

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 6. Noes 3.) (May 9).

May 01, 2017

Assembly

In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.

Apr 25, 2017

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Apr 24, 2017

Assembly

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on JUD. Read second time and amended.

Mar 28, 2017

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Mar 27, 2017

Assembly

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on JUD. Read second time and amended.

Mar 16, 2017

Assembly

Referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Feb 19, 2017

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee March 21.

Feb 17, 2017

Assembly

Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB1541 HTML
02/17/17 - Introduced PDF
03/27/17 - Amended Assembly PDF
04/24/17 - Amended Assembly PDF
05/10/17 - Amended Assembly PDF
05/30/17 - Amended Assembly PDF
06/29/17 - Amended Senate PDF
08/22/17 - Amended Senate PDF
09/07/17 - Enrolled PDF
09/26/17 - Chaptered PDF

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