State Senate unanimously approves Rep. Bob McCaslin’s bill to increase jury duty participation

House Bill 1610, which seeks to increase participation among all who are qualified for jury duty, unanimously passed the state Senate March 25.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bob McCaslin, R-Spokane Valley, would decrease the period of time for jury terms and juror service in certain counties, while excusing those who have already served at least one week of juror service in the last 12 months.

“This bill would help address some of the problems we currently face with our jury system,” said McCaslin. “Increasing participation while ensuring we're not putting an undue burden on jurors and their families is important. I'm pleased both the state House and Senate have unanimously approved this bill.”

The jury term is the time period someone summoned for jury duty must be available to report for jury service. The bill sets this at two weeks for counties with at least 70,000 names on its jury list, and one month for counties with less than 70,000 names on its jury list. Juror service is the time period a juror must be present at the courthouse. The bill sets this at one week for counties with at least 70,000 names on its jury list, and two weeks for counties with less than 70,000 names on its jury list.

The bill now heads to the governor's desk for his signature. The 105-day legislative session is scheduled to adjourn April 26.

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