California: bill would allow judges to fine jurors $1500 for violating court orders

A plan to allow judges to fine jurors up to $1500 has been introduced in the California Assembly (AB 2101).

Current law (Code of Civil Procedure 177.5) already allows judges to impose sanctions up to $1500 on a witness, a party, and /or a party’s attorney “for any violation of a lawful court order by a person, done without good cause or substantial justification.” AB 2101 inserts the word “juror” into the list.

AB 2101 has been filed in the Assembly but not yet assigned to a committee.