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(Amending the Constitution)





Session Which Commenced at the State Capitol on
Wednesday, January 14, 1920



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Acts and Joint Resolutions

CHAP. 1.-An ACT to amend and re-enact sections 5986, 5987, 5988, 5989 and 5990 of the Code of Virginia, and to repeal an act entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 3142 of the Code of Virginia, relative to lists of jurors, approved March 16, 1918. [H B 23]

Approved January 29, 1920.

1. Be it enacted by the general assembly of Virginia, That sections fifty-nine hundred and eighty-six, fifty-nine hundred and eightyseven, fifty-nine hundred and eighty-eight, fifty-nine hundred and eighty-nine and fifty-nine hundred and ninety of the Code of Virginia be amended and re-enacted so as to read as follows:

Sec. 5986. Appointment of jury commissioners.-The judge of the circuit court of each county and city, and the judge of every city court where juries are empaneled, shall, prior to the fifteenth day of February in each year, appoint for the next ensuing year beginning on the said fifteenth day of February, two persons as jury commissioners, who shall be competent to serve as jurors under the provisions of this chapter, and shall be men of intelligence, morality, and integrity. Such appointment shall be certified by the judge to the clerk of the court for which the appointment is made, who shall enter the same on the common law order book of such court. Every jury commissioner shall have a fee of five dollars a day for the time actually engaged in making out the list of jurors mentioned in section fifty-nine hundred and eighty-eight, to be paid out of the treasury of the city or county for which he is appointed on the certificate of the judge making the appointment, or in case of his death, removal, or inability to act, on a certificate of his successor in office or of the judge designated to hold his courts. No jury commissioner shall be eligible to reappointment for at least two years after the expiration of the year for which he was appointed. For the purpose of this section, the two parts of the hustings court of the city of Richmond. shall be deemed to be separate courts.

Sec. 5987. Notification of jury commissioners; their oath.-Such commissioners shall be immediately notified of their appointment by the clerk, and before entering upon a discharge of their duties shall take and subscribe an oath or affirmation before the clerk of said Court in the following form: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will honestly, without favor or prejudice, perform the duties of jury. commissioner during the year ; that in selecting persons to be drawn as jurors, I will select none but persons whom I believe

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