The Supreme Court today appointed 11 current or retired judges to a work group that a Judicial Council news release says is “to study changes or new measures to guard against impermissible discrimination in jury selection.”

One of the 11 is former Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Werdegar,  who retired in 2017.  Fourth District, Division Three, Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Kathleen O’Leary is the group’s chair.  Five criminal law attorneys will be advisors to the group.

When the court announced the group’s formation in January, it said the group would include civil litigation practitioners.  There don’t appear to be any among the members at this time.


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