2001 - 2002 LEGISLATURE
March 6, 2001 - Introduced by Senators Risser and Schultz, cosponsored by
Representatives Carpenter, J. Lehman, Ryba, Pettis, Staskunas and Albers.
Referred to Committee on Judiciary, Consumer Affairs, and Campaign
1An Act to renumber
756.03 (1); and
756.03 (1) (b) of the statutes; 2relating to: excusing persons from jury service.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a court may excuse a person from jury service if the court
determines that the person cannot fulfill the responsibilities of a juror. Current law
allows the judge responsible for administering the jury system in the circuit court to
authorize the clerk of circuit court (clerk) to grant an excuse for a person to serve as
a juror, but the judge may limit the clerk's authority to grant an excuse. This bill
allows a court, or the clerk if authorized by the judge, to also excuse a person from
jury service if the person requests being excused because he or she has been selected
to serve on a jury in this state on two or more previous occasions.
For further information see the local fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB74, s. 1
756.03 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 756.03 (1) (a).
SB74, s. 2
756.03 (1) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
(b) The court to which a person is summoned for jury service may 6
excuse the person from jury service if the person requests that he or she be excused
because he or she has been selected to serve on a jury in this state on 2 or more 2
(1) This act first applies to persons summoned for jury duty on the effective date 5
of this subsection.
This act takes effect on the first day of the 4th month beginning after 8