Colorado Legislative Council Staff
NO FISCAL IMPACT
January 15, 1998
Janis Baron (866-3523)
TITLE: CONCERNING SERVICE OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AS JURORS IN COURT CASES.
Summary of Assessment
The bill provides that a person with a disability shall serve as a juror, except where the court finds that the person’s disability prevents that person from serving as a juror. Before dismissing a person with a disability on the basis of the disability, the court is required to interview the person to determine alternative techniques a person might use to perform the duties of a juror. The bill is effective upon signature of the Governor.
The Judicial Department indicates that it is complying with the federal “Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990”, PL 101-336 (as amended). The federal act requires “reasonable accommodations” for disabled jurors. This fiscal note assumes that alternative techniques fall within the definition of reasonable accommodations. Therefore, the bill is assessed as having no fiscal impact.