Florida Senate - 2020                                    SB 1590
       By Senator Powell
       30-01147-20                                           20201590__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to juror sanctions; amending s. 40.23,
    3         F.S.; restricting a court from imposing a term of
    4         imprisonment as a sanction for contempt of court for a
    5         juror who fails to attend court in response to a
    6         summons; providing an effective date.
    8  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   10         Section 1. Subsection (3) of section 40.23, Florida
   11  Statutes, is amended to read:
   12         40.23 Summoning jurors.—
   13         (3) Any person who is duly summoned to attend as a juror in
   14  any court and who fails to attend without any sufficient excuse
   15  shall pay a fine not to exceed $100, which fine shall be imposed
   16  by the court to which the juror was summoned, and, in addition,
   17  such failure may be considered a contempt of court. However, the
   18  court may not impose any term of imprisonment as a sanction for
   19  contempt of court on a person who fails to attend in response to
   20  a summons without any sufficient excuse.
   21         Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.