2007 ORS 10.030¹
Eligibility for jury service
  • discrimination prohibited

(1) Except as otherwise specifically provided by statute, the opportunity for jury service shall not be denied or limited on the basis of race, national origin, gender, age, religious belief, income, occupation or any other factor that discriminates against a cognizable group in this state.

(2) Any person is eligible to act as a juror in a civil trial unless the person:

(a) Is not a citizen of the United States;

(b) Does not live in the county in which summoned for jury service;

(c) Is less than 18 years of age; or

(d) Has had rights and privileges withdrawn and not restored under ORS 137.281 (Withdrawal of rights during term of imprisonment).

(3)(a) Any person is eligible to act as a juror in a criminal trial, beginning on or after December 5, 1996, unless the person:

(A) Is not a citizen of the United States;

(B) Does not live in the county in which summoned for jury service;

(C) Is less than 18 years of age;

(D) Has had rights and privileges withdrawn and not restored under ORS 137.281 (Withdrawal of rights during term of imprisonment); or

(E) Has been convicted of a felony or served a felony sentence within the prior 15 years.

(b) As used in this subsection:

(A) "Felony sentence" includes any incarceration, post-prison supervision, parole or probation imposed upon conviction of a felony or served as a result of conviction of a felony.

(B) "Has been convicted of a felony" has the meaning given that term in ORS 166.270 (Possession of weapons by certain felons).

(4) A person who is blind, hard of hearing or speech impaired or who has a physical disability shall not be ineligible to act as a juror or be excluded from a jury list or jury service on the basis of blindness, hearing or speech impairment or physical disability alone.

(5) No person is eligible to act as a juror in any circuit court of this state within 24 months after being discharged from jury service in a federal court in this state or circuit court of this state unless that person’s service as a juror is required because of a need for additional jurors.

(6) In addition to the disqualifications listed in subsection (2) of this section, a person is ineligible to act as a juror on a grand jury if the person has been convicted of a felony, other than a felony traffic offense, or has served a felony sentence, other than a sentence for a felony traffic offense, within the prior 15 years. As used in this subsection, "conviction" means an adjudication of guilt upon a verdict or finding entered in a criminal proceeding in a court of competent jurisdiction. [Amended by 1971 c.630 §1; 1975 c.781 §4; 1977 c.262 §1; 1985 c.703 §2; 1989 c.224 §3; 1997 c.313 §8; 1997 c.736 §1; 2007 c.70 §4]

Note: The amendments to 10.030 (Eligibility for jury service) by section 13, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, are the subject of a referendum petition that may be filed with the Secretary of State not later than September 26, 2007. If the referendum petition is filed with the required number of signatures of electors, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, will be submitted to the people for their approval or rejection at the regular general election held on November 4, 2008. If approved by the people at the general election, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, takes effect December 4, 2008. If the referendum petition is not filed with the Secretary of State or does not contain the required number of signatures of electors, the amendments to 10.030 (Eligibility for jury service) by section 13, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, take effect January 1, 2008. 10.030 (Eligibility for jury service), as amended by section 13, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, and including amendments by section 4, chapter 70, Oregon Laws 2007, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

10.030 (Eligibility for jury service). (1) Except as otherwise specifically provided by statute, the opportunity for jury service may not be denied or limited on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, income, occupation or any other factor that discriminates against a cognizable group in this state.

(2) Any person is eligible to act as a juror in a civil trial unless the person:

(a) Is not a citizen of the United States;

(b) Does not live in the county in which summoned for jury service;

(c) Is less than 18 years of age; or

(d) Has had rights and privileges withdrawn and not restored under ORS 137.281 (Withdrawal of rights during term of imprisonment).

(3)(a) Any person is eligible to act as a juror in a criminal trial, beginning on or after December 5, 1996, unless the person:

(A) Is not a citizen of the United States;

(B) Does not live in the county in which summoned for jury service;

(C) Is less than 18 years of age;

(D) Has had rights and privileges withdrawn and not restored under ORS 137.281 (Withdrawal of rights during term of imprisonment); or

(E) Has been convicted of a felony or served a felony sentence within the prior 15 years.

(b) As used in this subsection:

(A) "Felony sentence" includes any incarceration, post-prison supervision, parole or probation imposed upon conviction of a felony or served as a result of conviction of a felony.

(B) "Has been convicted of a felony" has the meaning given that term in ORS 166.270 (Possession of weapons by certain felons).

(4) A person who is blind, hard of hearing or speech impaired or who has a physical disability is not ineligible to act as a juror and may not be excluded from a jury list or jury service on the basis of blindness, hearing or speech impairment or physical disability alone.

(5) A person is ineligible to act as a juror in any circuit court of this state within 24 months after being discharged from jury service in a federal court in this state or circuit court of this state unless that person’s service as a juror is required because of a need for additional jurors.

(6) In addition to the disqualifications listed in subsection (2) of this section, a person is ineligible to act as a juror on a grand jury if the person has been convicted of a felony, other than a felony traffic offense, or has served a felony sentence, other than a sentence for a felony traffic offense, within the prior 15 years. As used in this subsection, "conviction" means an adjudication of guilt upon a verdict or finding entered in a criminal proceeding in a court of competent jurisdiction.

Law Review Cita­tions

39 WLR 557 (2003)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 10—Juries, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­010.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 10, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­010ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
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