In the summer of 2002, I was called for grand jury duty in Queens. On the first day of the four-week stint, I joined a goodly number of other citizens in a large courtroom on Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens to be sworn in before we went to our respective assignments.
English literacy: A must to succeed in borough
...the presiding judge called three men up to the bench. Each of them, it seems, had asked to be excused from jury duty because of the inability to understand English.
The judge was clearly incensed. After all, he pointed out, these men were naturalized citizens and were expected to be able to understand English as part of their citizenship requirements.
Just adopt a rule stating that a person can't use the "no English" excuse as a reason to get out of jury duty. They obviously were able to read and respond to the summons ordering them to appear and understood the judge's questions.