Bill lets college students postpone jury duty

LANSING (AP) -- College students would be able to postpone jury duty in Michigan under legislation introduced by a state lawmaker.

The bill detailed last Thursday would allow full-time college students attending classes to be excused from serving as a juror during the school year. Students would be able to defer their summons to a later date.

The bill introduced by Democratic state Rep. Mark Meadows of East Lansing will be taken up by the House Judiciary Committee.

Meadows says the bill would help students who don't go to school in the same communities where they have permanent residences and would be called for jury duty.

Current Michigan law allows residents to be excused from jury duty because of work, health, family or other personal reasons.

Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2010