Missouri Constitution Section

Article I
Section 22b
November 14, 2016

Female jurors--optional exemption.

Section 22(b). No citizen shall be disqualified from jury service because of sex, but the court shall excuse any woman who requests exemption therefrom before being sworn as a juror.

Source: Const. of 1945.

(1979) Missouri statute authorizing women to request automatic exemption from jury service violated "fair cross section" requirement of sixth amendment as applied to the states by the fourteenth amendment to the United States Constitution. Duren v. Missouri, 439 U.S. 357.


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