University of the District of Columbia Law Review


On January 4, 1994, the Cohncil of the District of Columbia (D.C. Council) adopted PR 10-361, the "Sense of the Council on Blind Citizens' Right to Jury Service Resolution of 1993." This Resolution, which supports the United States District Court's decision in Galloway v. Superior Court of the District of Columbia," would afford blind citizens the same privilege and right to serve as jurors that is granted to non-disabled citizens. Currently, D.C. CODE ANN. § 11-1903 (1981)3 prohibits exclusion of citizens from jury service on the basis of physical handicap. Specifically, the Code provides that: [A] citizen of the District of Columbia may not be excluded or disqualified from jury service as a grand or petit juror in the District of Columbia on account of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, economic status, marital status, age or (except as provided in this chapter) physical handicap.3

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