Current Status Introducing Body:
HouseBill Number: 3606Ratification Number: 601Act Number: 483Primary Sponsor: WaitesType of Legislation: GBSubject: Jurors, drawing ofDate Bill Passed both Bodies: Jun 02, 1992Computer Document Number: DKA/3158.ALGovernor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: Jul 01, 1992Introduced Date: Feb 26, 1991Date of Last Amendment: Jun 02, 1992Last History Body: ------Last History Date: Jul 01, 1992Last History Type: Act No. 483Scope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: Waites Kinon Rogers Corning Quinn Keyserling Rama Cork Rudnick Glover McGinnis Kempe Burriss Huff Beasley CromerType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- 3606 ------ Jul 01, 1992 Act No. 483 3606 ------ Jul 01, 1992 Signed by Governor 3606 ------ Jun 04, 1992 Ratified R 601 3606 House Jun 02, 1992 Concurred in Senate amendment, enrolled for ratification 3606 Senate May 27, 1992 Read third time, returned with amendment 3606 Senate May 21, 1992 Amended, read second time, ordered to third reading with notice of general amendments 3606 Senate May 20, 1992 Committee Report: Favorable 11 with amendment 3606 Senate Apr 29, 1991 Introduced, read first time, 11 referred to Committee 3606 House Apr 26, 1991 Read third time, sent to Senate 3606 House Apr 25, 1991 Unanimous consent for third reading on next Legislative day 3606 House Apr 25, 1991 Read second time 3606 House Apr 17, 1991 Committee Report: Favorable 25 3606 House Feb 26, 1991 Introduced, read first time, 25 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A483, R601, H3606)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 14-7-190 AND 14-7-200, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DRAWING OF PETIT JURORS TO SERVE AS JURY POOL, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT JURORS BE DRAWN NOT LESS THAN FIFTEEN DAYS INSTEAD OF TEN DAYS BEFORE THE TERM OF COURT; TO AMEND SECTION 14-7-250, RELATING TO THE DISPOSITION OF NAMES OF THOSE DRAWN AND WHO SERVE ON JURIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A JUROR MAY SERVE ONLY ONCE WITHIN THREE YEARS; TO AMEND SECTION 14-7-1550, RELATING TO THE DRAWING OF GRAND JURY VENIRE, SO AS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER DRAWN FROM THIRTY TO FIFTY; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 14-7-400 RELATING TO THE DATE BY WHICH THE SHERIFF MUST SUMMON JURORS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Drawing of jury pool
SECTION 1. The first paragraph of Section 14-7-190 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Not less than fifteen days nor more than thirty-five days before the first day of any week in which more than one term of court requiring juries is scheduled in a county, the jury commissioners shall draw a number of petit jurors to serve as a jury pool, from which the courts shall draw panels of jurors as needed according to the following schedule:"
Time to draw petit jury
SECTION 2. Section 14-7-200 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 14-7-200. Not less than fifteen nor more than thirty-five days before the first day of each week of any regular or special term of the circuit court the jury commissioners shall proceed to draw seventy-five petit jurors to serve for that week only. The jury commissioners shall randomly select the seventy-five jurors and shall not excuse or disqualify any juror who has been selected. Immediately after the petit jurors are drawn, the clerk of the court of common pleas shall issue his writ of venire facias for the petit jurors, requiring their attendance on the first day of the week for which they have been drawn and this writ of venire facias must be immediately delivered to the sheriff of the county."
Disposition of jury names drawn and who serves
SECTION 3. Section 14-7-250 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 14-7-250. The names of those who are drawn and actually serve as jurors must be placed in an envelope and must not be put back into the jury box until the first revision of the jury list provided for after they have been so drawn, to the end that no person shall serve as a juror more than once in three calendar years. Nothing contained in this article may be construed to be in conflict with the provisions of the law as to selecting by lot from the grand jury six members to serve for the ensuing year."
Grand jury venire increased
SECTION 4. Section 14-7-1550 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 14-7-1550. Not less than fifteen days before the convening of the first term of the court of general sessions for the calendar year, the jury commissioners shall proceed to draw from the jury box fifty grand jurors. The grand jurors must be randomly drawn and listed as are jurors for trials, and the jury commissioners shall not disqualify or excuse any juror drawn. Immediately after these grand jurors are drawn, the clerk of the court of common pleas shall issue his writ of venire facias for these grand jurors, requiring their attendance on the first day of the first week of criminal court in the county or at such other time as the clerk of court may designate. This writ of venire facias must be delivered immediately to the sheriff of the county or otherwise served as provided by law."
SECTION 5. Section 14-7-400 of the 1976 Code is repealed.
SECTION 6. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 1st day of July, 1992.