CHAPTER 180

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 45, TITLE 10, DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO QUALIFICATIONS OF JURORS AND PERSONS EXEMPT AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR WILLFUL VIOLATION.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. § 4504, Title 10, Delaware Code, is repealed and a new § 4504 is inserted in lieu thereof to read as follows:

§ 4504. Qualifications of jurors; persons exempt; determination of qualifications; penalties.

(a) All persons qualified to vote at the general election shall be liable to serve as jurors; except public officers of this State or of the United States, attorneys-at-law, or their spouses, ordained ministers of the Gospel, officers of colleges and teachers of public schools, practicing physicians and surgeons regularly licensed, regularly licensed and practicing dentists and dental surgeons, licensed pharmacists and assistant pharmacists actively engaged in the practice of their professions, licensed practitioners of veterinary medicine, undertakers and embalmers regularly licensed, cashiers of incorporated banks, registration officers and inspectors, judges and clerks of election. No public officer mentioned in this section, shall be exempt or excused from jury duty by reason of being such public officer, except when he is in the actual discharge of the duties of his office, provided that any member of the General Assembly may, during the time for which he is elected, claim exemption from jury service.

() To determine the qualifications of persons for jury service the Judges of the Superior Court are authorized to provide, by order or rule of Court, for the circulation among persons in the several counties of the State questionnaires approved from time to time by the Judges. A person receiving such questionnaire shall give truthful answers to the questions stated and return the same to the Court within such time as it shall fix. If directed in writing by the Court, a person shall appear before it or a person designated by the Court for the purpose of providing supplemental information as to qualifications for jury duty.

(c) Any person willfully violating the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, or of a rule or order of Superior Court enacted under the authority of subsection (b), shall be fined not more than $100 for each such offense. The Superior Court shall have exclusive jurisdiction in connection with all such charges.

Approved December 7, 1965.