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Full Text of SB1378  101st General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning courts.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Jury Act is amended by changing Section 2 as
6    (705 ILCS 305/2)  (from Ch. 78, par. 2)
7    Sec. 2. Jury qualifications.
8    (a) At the September meeting of the county board in each
9year in the respective counties in this State, except those
10that have jury commissioners, the board shall select from the
11list the number of persons as the judges of the circuit courts,
12to be held in the county during the succeeding year, may by
13joint action determine to serve as petit jurors. In counties
14having jury commissioners, the persons to serve as petit jurors
15shall be selected by the jury commissioners, as provided by
16law. County boards, a jury administrator, and jury
17commissioners may utilize the services of the Administrative
18Office of the Illinois Courts in making these selections.
19Jurors in all counties in Illinois must have the legal
20qualifications herein prescribed. Jurors must be:
21        (1) Inhabitants of the county.
22        (2) Of the age of 18 years or upwards.
23        (3) Free from all legal exception, of fair character,



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1    of approved integrity, of sound judgment, well informed,
2    and able to understand the English language, whether in
3    spoken or written form or interpreted into sign language.
4        (4) Citizens of the United States of America.
5    (b) Except as otherwise specifically provided by statute,
6no person who is qualified and able to serve as a juror may be
7excluded from jury service in any court of this State on the
8basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual
9orientation, or economic status. As used in this subsection,
10"religion", "sex", "sexual orientation", and "national origin"
11have the meanings provided in Section 1-103 of the Illinois
12Human Rights Act.
13(Source: P.A. 100-228, eff. 1-1-18.)