In theory, jury trials are supposed to be heard before your “peers.” However, there have always been a few exceptions, jury pools tend to be based on driver’s license records or voter registration records. From there, there can be all sorts of exclusions. However, a recent bill being circulated in the state Senate allows those over 70 years old to submit a written statement to the court to get off of jury duty.
In theory, supporters of the bill suggests that it will prevent many seniors from having to find rides to the courthouse, or sit through uncomfortable and lengthy trials. They are also eager to point out that the bill does not prohibit seniors from serving on a jury, rather allows them leave to get out of jury duty.
State legislators voted in favor of the bill and it now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration. It will be interesting to see if those who can actually benefit from the bill are as eager to do so as the supporters of it.