Act No. 1053 - Criminal Defendants Trial by Jury Waiver

Louisiana Ballot Measure - Proposed Amendment No. 10

Election: Nov. 2, 2010 (General)
Outcome: Passed

Yes: 621345  (55.05%)
No: 507293  (44.95%)

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Summary

    Act 1053 (2010 Regular Session) amends Article I, Section 17(A).

    Present Constitution provides that a defendant may knowingly and intelligently waive his right to a trial by jury, except in capital cases.

    Proposed Constitutional Amendment retains present law and requires a defendant who knowingly and intelligently waives his right to a trial by jury to do so no later than forty-five days prior to the trial date and provides that the waiver shall be irrevocable.

    Measure Text

    To permit criminal defendants, except in capital cases, to waive their right to a trial by jury no later than forty-five days prior to the trial date. (Amends Article I, Section 17(A))

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