Californians with a Felony Conviction are Now Eligible for Jury Service: How Would They Know?

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Author(s):
  • James M. Binnall
  • Lauren M. Davis
Publish Date:
August 27, 2020
Publication Title:
Stanford Law & Policy Review
Publisher:
Stanford University
Place of Publication:
Stanford, California
Format:
Journal Article Volume 32 Issue 1
Citation(s):
  • James M. Binnall & Lauren M. Davis, Californians with a Felony Conviction are Now Eligible for Jury Service: How Would They Know?, 32 Stan. L. & Pol'y Rev. Online (Aug. 2020).
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Abstract

In October 2019, California’s Governor signed Senate Bill 310 into law. S.B. 310 went into effect on January 1, 2020, restoring juror eligibility to most Californians with a felony criminal history. A survey of county websites reveals that on August 16, 2020 – more than seven months later – 36 of California’s 58 counties had published misleading, false, or no information on this legislative change. These findings reveal an incongruity between California lawmakers and California’s trial courts and highlight the need for a comprehensive, empirically informed campaign aimed at making Californians with a felony criminal conviction aware of their new juror eligibility status.