The judges of this Court deem any person to be qualified to serve on grand and petit juries in this district unless he or she:
- Is not a citizen of the United States 18 years old who has resided for a period of one year within the judicial district;
- Is unable to read, write, and understand the English language with a degree of proficiency sufficient to fill out satisfactorily the juror qualification form;
- Is unable to speak the English language;
- Is incapable, by reason of mental or physical infirmity, to render satisfactory jury service; or
- Has a charge pending against him for the commission of, or has been convicted in state or federal Court of record of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year and his civil rights have not been restored.
The judges find it to be in the public interest and not inconsistent with the Jury Selection and Service Act of 1968 to exempt from jury duty the following:
- Members in active service in the Armed Forces of the United States;
- Members of the fire or police department of any state, district, territory, possession or subdivision thereof;
- Public officers in the executive, legislative, or judicial branches of the government of the United States, or any state, district, territory or possession or subdivision thereof, who are actively engaged in the performance of official duties. Public officer shall mean a person who is either elected to public office or who is directly appointed by a person elected to public office.
The judge who is qualifying a jury panel is vested with complete authority to make a final decision with respect to whether a particular person may be disqualified, exempt or excused. Any person summoned for jury service may be excused by the Court, or by the Clerk under supervision of the Court, upon a showing of undue hardship or extreme inconvenience, for such period as the Court deems necessary, or the name of such person may be reinserted into the qualified jury wheel for selection.
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