Florida Senate - 2020 CS for SB 1590
By the Committee on Judiciary; and Senator Powell
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to juror sanctions; amending s. 40.23,
3 F.S.; revising available sanctions for any person who
4 fails to attend court as a juror without any
5 sufficient excuse; restricting a court from imposing a
6 term of imprisonment on any person who fails to attend
7 as a juror without any sufficient excuse and is found
8 in contempt of court unless the person is able to
9 obtain legal representation; providing an effective
12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
14 Section 1. Subsection (3) of section 40.23, Florida
15 Statutes, is amended to read:
16 40.23 Summoning jurors.—
17 (3)(a) Any person who is duly summoned to attend as a juror
18 in any court and who fails to attend without any sufficient
19 excuse is subject to the following sanctions, or any combination
shall pay A fine not to exceed $1,000 $100, which fine
22 shall be imposed by the court to which the juror was summoned.
23 2. A term of imprisonment not to exceed 3 days.
24 3. An order to perform community service. , and,
25 (b) In addition to the sanctions specified in paragraph
26 (a), the such failure to attend as a juror without any
27 sufficient excuse may be considered a contempt of court.
28 However, the court may not order any term of imprisonment for a
29 person who is found in contempt of court under this paragraph
30 unless the person is able to obtain legal representation.
31 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.