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A00739 Summary:

COSPNSRFinch, Oaks, Montesano, Raia, Miller B, Morinello, Blankenbush, Brabenec
MLTSPNSRErrigo, Miller ML
Amd 517, Judy L
Provides that an individual may be excused from jury duty if such service would cause a financial hardship to a self-employed individual.
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A00739 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     January 9, 2017
        Introduced  by M. of A. CROUCH, FINCH, OAKS -- read once and referred to
          the Committee on Judiciary
        AN ACT to amend the judiciary law, in relation to  providing  an  excuse
          from jury duty for financial hardship related to self-employment
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 517 of the judiciary law, as amended by chapter  86
     2  of the laws of 1995, is amended to read as follows:
     3    § 517. Excuses and postponements. (a) (1) Except as otherwise provided
     4  in paragraph two of this subdivision, the commissioner of jurors may, in
     5  his or her discretion, on the application of a prospective juror who has
     6  been  summoned  to  attend, excuse such prospective juror from a part or
     7  the whole of the time of jury service or may postpone the time  of  jury
     8  service  to  a  later  day during the same or any subsequent term of the
     9  court. The application shall be presented to the  commissioner  at  such
    10  time  and  in  such  manner  as  he or she shall require, except that an
    11  application for postponement of the initial date for jury service may be
    12  made by telephone.
    13    (2) An application for postponement of jury service shall  be  granted
    14  hereunder  provided:  (i) such service has not already been postponed or
    15  excused, (ii) the application is made at such time and in such manner as
    16  the commissioner of jurors requires, and (iii) the postponement is to  a
    17  date certain when the court is in session not more than six months after
    18  the date on which such service otherwise is to commence and such date is
    19  selected by the prospective juror.
    20    (3)  An  application  to  be  excused  for financial hardship shall be
    21  granted hereunder provided: (i) such individual produces a sworn  state-
    22  ment  that such individual is self-employed and that service would cause
    23  a financial hardship, (ii) the application is made at such time  and  in
    24  such  manner  as  the  commissioner  of  jurors requires, and (iii) such
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 739                              2
     1  financial hardship directly impairs the applicant's ability  to  provide
     2  support for the individual or family as a result of such service.
     3    (b) A person whose application has been denied by the commissioner, or
     4  who  has  not applied to the commissioner for an excuse or postponement,
     5  may apply to the trial court, or to the court having supervision of  the
     6  grand  jury,  as  the  case may be, which may, in its discretion, excuse
     7  such person from a part or the whole of the time of jury service, or may
     8  postpone the time of jury service to a later day during the same or  any
     9  subsequent  term  of  the  court.    If  the applicant cannot personally
    10  attend, he or she shall send the summons and  application  by  a  person
    11  capable of making the necessary proof in relation to the application.
    12    (c) In determining whether an application for excusal should be grant-
    13  ed,  the  commissioner or the court shall consider whether the applicant
    14  has a mental or physical condition that causes him or her to be  incapa-
    15  ble  of  performing  jury service or there is any other fact which indi-
    16  cates that attendance for jury service in accordance  with  the  summons
    17  would  cause undue hardship or extreme inconvenience to the applicant, a
    18  person under his or her care or supervision, or the public.   Except  as
    19  provided  in  [paragraph] paragraphs two and three of subdivision (a) of
    20  this section, in determining whether  an  application  for  postponement
    21  should  be  granted,  the  commissioner  or the court shall be guided by
    22  standards promulgated by the chief administrator of the courts.
    23    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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