SB 658

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2017-2018 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 17, 2017
  • Passed Senate May 15, 2017
  • Passed Assembly Aug 31, 2017
  • Signed by Governor Sep 27, 2017

Jury selection.

Bill Subjects

Jury Selection.

Abstract

The Trial Jury Selection and Management Act, among other things, requires a trial judge to examine the prospective jurors in civil jury trials. The act gives the counsel for each party, after this initial examination, the right to examine any of the prospective jurors, as specified, in order to enable counsel to intelligently exercise both peremptory challenges and challenges for cause. The act prohibits a court from arbitrarily or unreasonably refusing to submit a reasonable written questionnaire to the jury if requested by counsel and states that the parties should be provided reasonable time to evaluate the responses to the questionnaire, if utilized, before oral questioning commences. The act states that the trial judge should consider, among other criteria, any unique or complex elements in the case when exercising his or her discretion as to the form and subject matter of voir dire questions. This bill would require that the parties be provided reasonable time to evaluate the responses to a questionnaire, if utilized, before oral questioning commences. The bill would authorize the parties to submit questions to the trial judge before he or she conducts voir dire and authorize the judge to include these questions if he or she deems them proper. The bill would modify the scope of questioning allowed by the parties, require a trial judge to consider specific factors in conducting voir dire, and prohibit the judge from establishing an inflexible time limit policy for voir dire. The bill would also require a judge in civil trials to, at the earliest practical time, provide the parties with both the alphabetical list and the list of prospective jurors in the order in which they will be called.

Bill Sponsors (2)

Votes


Actions


Sep 27, 2017

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 337, Statutes of 2017.

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

Sep 11, 2017

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.

Sep 05, 2017

Senate

Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 40. Noes 0. Page 2480.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.

Sep 01, 2017

Senate

Ordered to special consent calendar.

Aug 31, 2017

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 72. Noes 0. Page 2847.) Ordered to the Senate.

Senate

In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.

Aug 23, 2017

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 22, 2017

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Aug 21, 2017

Assembly

From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.) (July 18).

Jun 05, 2017

Assembly

June 13 set for first hearing canceled at the request of author.

Jun 01, 2017

Assembly

Referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

May 16, 2017

Assembly

In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.

May 15, 2017

Senate

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 39. Noes 0. Page 1070.) Ordered to the Assembly.

May 09, 2017

Senate

Published May 9 at 9 p.m.

Senate

Read second time and amended. Ordered to third reading.

May 08, 2017

Senate

From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 7. Noes 0. Page 946.) (May 2).

Apr 24, 2017

Senate

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
  • Reading-1
Com. on JUD.

Apr 18, 2017

Senate

Set for hearing May 2.

Apr 17, 2017

Senate

April 25 set for first hearing canceled at the request of author.

Apr 13, 2017

Senate

Set for hearing April 25.

Mar 29, 2017

Senate

Re-referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Mar 23, 2017

Senate

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on RLS.

  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
  • Reading-1
Com. on RLS.

Mar 09, 2017

Senate

Referred to Com. on RLS.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on RLS.

Feb 21, 2017

Senate

From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 23.

Feb 17, 2017

Senate

Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
SB658 HTML
02/17/17 - Introduced PDF
03/23/17 - Amended Senate PDF
04/24/17 - Amended Senate PDF
05/09/17 - Amended Senate PDF
08/22/17 - Amended Assembly PDF
09/07/17 - Enrolled PDF
09/27/17 - Chaptered PDF

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