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(705 ILCS 305/10.2)
(from Ch. 78, par. 10.2)
Excusing prospective jurors; hardship.
(a) The county boards of the respective counties, the jury
commissioners for those counties which have been appointed under the Jury
or a jury administrator
questionnaires to prospective jurors to inquire as to their qualifications
for jury service and as to the hardship that jury service would pose to the
prospective jurors. Upon prior approval by the chief judge of the judicial
circuits in which a county board, jury administrator,
or jury commissioners are situated, the
county board, jury administrator,
or jury commissioners shall excuse a prospective juror from jury
service if the prospective juror shows that such
service would impose an undue hardship
on account of the nature of the prospective juror's occupation, business
affairs, physical health, family situation, active duty in the Illinois
National Guard or Illinois Naval Militia, or other personal affairs, and
cause his or her name to be returned to the jury list or general jury list.
(b) When an undue hardship caused by a family situation is due to the
prospective juror being the primary care giver of a person with a mental or
physical disability, a person with a medically diagnosed behavior problem, or a
child under age 12, then the county board, jury commissioners or jury
administrator shall excuse such a prospective juror, if it finds that no
reasonable alternative care is feasible which would not impose an undue
hardship on the prospective juror or the person for whom the prospective juror
is providing care, or both.
(Source: P.A. 90-482, eff. 1-1-98; 91-264, eff. 7-23-99.)