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43-158. Same; persons excluded from jury service. The following persons shall be excused from jury service: (a) Persons unable to understand the English language with a degree of proficiency sufficient to respond to a jury questionnaire form prepared by the commissioner;

(b) persons under adjudication of incompetency;

(c) persons who within 10 years immediately preceding have been convicted of or pleaded guilty, or nolo contendere, to an indictment or information charging a felony;

(d) persons who have served as jurors in the county within one year immediately preceding; and

(e) a mother breastfeeding her child. Jury service shall be postponed until such mother is no longer breastfeeding the child.

History: L. 1971, ch. 176, § 4; L. 1998, ch. 195, § 3; L. 2000, ch. 42, § 1; L. 2006, ch. 11, § 2; March 16.

Revisor's Note:

Exemptions provided herein applicable in criminal prosecutions; exemption not a basis for challenge, see 22-3408.

Scope of questions in juror examination, see Kansas Benchbook (1978), Kansas Judicial Council, pp. 88, 89.

Cross References to Related Sections:

Motion to discharge jury panel in criminal prosecutions, see 22-3407.

Qualifications of jurors, see 43-156.

Additional exclusions from jury service, see 43-159.


1. Court may declare mistrial upon discovery of disqualified juror; doctrine of "manifest necessity" considered. State v. Folkerts, 229 K. 608, 610, 611, 612, 629 P.2d 173 (1981).

2. Statutes relative to jury panels not violative of constitutional right to jury representing fair cross-section of community. State v. Baker, 249 K. 431, 436, 819 P.2d 1173 (1991).

3. Challenge to jury composition and failure to discharge jury panel examined. State v. Ji, 251 K. 3, 8, 832 P.2d 1176 (1992).

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