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  • NJ A3676
  • Prohibits juror disqualification based on gender identity or sexual orientation; codifies procedures when discriminatory use of peremptory challenges is alleged.*
Introduced
(4/14/2016)
In Committee
(6/30/2016)
Crossed Over
(6/27/2016)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would make it unlawful to disqualify a person from jury service based on the person's gender identity or affectional or sexual orientation. In addition, any officer or other person responsible for the selection or summoning of jurors who excludes or fails to summon a person based on the person's gender identity or affectional or sexual orientation would be guilty of a crime of the fourth degree and fined up to $5,000.00. Under current law, it is unlawful to disqualify a citizen for service as a grand or petit juror based on race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, marital status or sex, and any officer or other person responsible for the selection or summoning of jurors who excludes or fails to summon any citizen on such basis, who possesses all other qualifications prescribed by law is guilty of a misdemeanor, and subject to a fine of up to $5,000. In addition to prohibiting disqualification based on gender identity or affectional or sexual orientation, the bill would also update the statute to be consistent with Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes, "New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice," P.L.1978, c.95. Title 2C abolishes the categories of "misdemeanor" and "high misdemeanor" and sets out rules for their classification within the new statutory scheme. (See N.J.S.2C:1-4, 2C:1-5, and 2C:43-1). Pursuant to the new scheme, a violation of this provision would be a crime of the fourth degree.
Judiciary, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee  (on 6/30/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
6/30/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee
6/27/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (76-0-0)
6/16/2016 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (Johnson)
5/26/2016 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (McKeon)
5/12/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
5/12/2016 Assembly Judiciary Hearing (10:00 5/12/2016 Committee Room 12, 4th Floor)
4/14/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/27/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 76 0 4
Detail 5/12/2016 Assembly Judiciary Committee: Reported with Amendments 6 0 1