Criminal Law

120. Service Provider for Juror With Disability: Beginning of Trial

During trial, <insert name or number of juror> will be assisted by (a/an) <insert description of service provider, e.g., sign language interpreter>. The <insert description of service provider> is not a member of the jury and is not to participate in the deliberations in any way other than as necessary to provide the service to <insert name or number of juror>.

Bench Notes

Instructional Duty

The court has a sua sponte duty to give this instruction if a juror will be using the assistance of a service provider. (Code Civ. Proc., § 224(b).)


Juror Not Incompetent Due to Disability. Code Civ. Proc., § 203(a)(6).

Juror May Use Service Provider. Code Civ. Proc., § 224.

Court Must Instruct on Use of Service Provider. Code Civ. Proc., § 224(b).

Secondary Sources

7 Witkin, California Procedure (4th ed. 1997) Trial, §§ 331, 340.

4 Millman, Sevilla & Tarlow, California Criminal Defense Practice, Ch. 81, Jury Selection and Opening Statement, §§ 81.02[2], 81.04[4][a] (Matthew Bender).

(New January 2006)