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Jury duty could draw more people

Under a newly introduced bill, California jury duty would be opened up to more people than are currently in the pool of possible participants. The current system relies on registered voters and holders of drivers licenses or identification cards. SB 1001, from State Senator Scott Wiener, would expand this to include anyone who files state tax. According to Wiener’s office, the current system results in lists of jurors that “are not demographically representative, and thus the jury pool pulled from these lists tend to skew whiter, wealthier, and overall less diverse than the state actually is.”

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