Session of 2000
Effective: July 1, 2000
HOUSE BILL No. 2600
An Act concerning jurors; relating to exclusions; amending K.S.A.
43-159 and K.S.A. 1999 Supp. 43-158 and repealing
the existing sections.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
Section 1. K.S.A. 1999 Supp. 43-158
is hereby amended to read as
follows: 43-158. The following persons shall be excused from jury
(a) Persons unable to understand the English language with a degree
proficiency sufficient to respond to a jury questionnaire form
by the commissioner;
(b) persons under adjudication of
(c) persons who within 10 years
immediately preceding have been
convicted of or pleaded guilty, or nolo contendere, to an
information charging a felony
(d) persons who have served as jurors
in the county within one year
Sec. 2. K.S.A. 43-159 is hereby
amended to read as follows: 43-159.
In addition to the persons excused from jury service in K.S.A.
and amendments thereto, the following persons may be excused
service by the court: (a) Persons so physically or mentally infirm
as to be
unequal to the task of ordinary jury duty;
persons who have served as
jurors in the county within one (1)
year immediately preceding;
(c) persons whose
presence elsewhere is required for the public wel-
fare, health or safety;
(d) (c) persons
for whom jury service would cause extraordinary or
compelling personal hardship; and
(e) (d) persons
whose personal relationship to the parties or whose
information or interest in the case to be tried is such that there
probability such persons would find it difficult to be
Sec. 3. K.S.A. 43-159 and K.S.A.
1999 Supp. 43-158 are hereby re-
Sec. 4. This act shall take effect
and be in force from and after its
publication in the statute book.