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§9-9-1.1  Qualifications of jurors. –

Published: 2015

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Courts and Civil Procedure–Procedure Generally


Jury Lists

SECTION 9-9-1.1

   § 9-9-1.1  Qualifications of jurors. –

(a) A person is qualified to serve as a juror if the person is:

   (1) A citizen of the United States; and

   (2) A resident of Rhode Island who either:

   (i) Resides in the county where the person is registered to

vote; or

   (ii) Is licensed to operate a motor vehicle within this

state; or

   (iii) Possesses a Rhode Island identification card issued

pursuant to the provisions of §§ 3-8-6 and 3-8-6.1; or

   (iv) Is an individual filing a state income tax return; or

   (v) Is an individual recipient of unemployment compensation.

   (3) At least 18 years of age;

   (4) Able to understand and participate in the court

proceedings; and

   (5) Physically and mentally capable of performing in a

reasonable manner the duties of a juror.

   (b) No person shall be allowed to serve as a juror if he or

she has been lawfully adjudicated to be non compos mentis.

   (c) No person convicted of a felony shall be allowed to serve

as a juror, until completion of such felon's sentence, served or suspended, and

of parole or probation regardless of a nolo contendere plea.

   (d) Notwithstanding subdivisions (a)(4) and (5), a person

with a disability shall not be ineligible to serve as a juror solely on the

basis of his or her disability, and if that person meets the above

requirements, with reasonable accommodations if necessary, he or she shall be

deemed a qualified juror.

   (e) Nothing in this section shall prevent the court from

disqualifying a prospective juror because he or she lacks a faculty or has a

disability which will prevent the potential juror from being a competent juror

in a particular case.

   (f) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit a

party's right to preemptorially challenge jurors.

History of Section.

(P.L. 1990, ch. 328, § 1; P.L. 1995, ch. 71, § 1; P.L. 1999, ch. 83,

§ 8; P.L. 1999, ch. 130, § 8; P.L. 2003, ch. 430, § 1.)