Bill Text: CA SB212 | 2021-2022 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Juries: peremptory challenges.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-01-13 - From printer. May be acted upon on or after February 12. [SB212 Detail]

Download: California-2021-SB212-Introduced.html


CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 212


Introduced by Senator Umberg

January 12, 2021


An act relating to juries.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 212, as introduced, Umberg. Juries: peremptory challenges.
Existing law prohibits a party from using a peremptory challenge to remove a prospective juror on the basis of the prospective juror’s race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or religious affiliation, or the perceived membership of the prospective juror in any of those groups. Existing law allows a party to object to the use of a peremptory challenge to remove a prospective juror on these bases and requires the objection to be sustained if there is a substantial likelihood an objective observer would view these bases as a factor in the use of the peremptory challenge.
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to reform peremptory challenges.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to reform peremptory challenges.
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