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Volunteers Sought for 2015-16 Civil Grand Jury

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Santa Clara County residents are urged to apply for service on the Grand Jury. 

The Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara has commenced its recruitment for volunteers to serve on the 2015-2016 Civil Grand Jury. 

 

WHY BECOME A GRAND JUROR?

Those who are called to serve on the Grand Jury are part of an independent arm of the Judicial Branch. They voluntarily enter this service with interest and curiosity in learning more about the administration and operation of the government in the county in which they live, in order to function as an investigatory body. The Civil Grand Jury are citizens who are willing to give their time for the betterment of the government which, in truth, belongs to them.

As part of the Judicial Branch of government, the Civil Grand Jury serves as the county’s investigatory body, and has the independent authority to examine all aspects of county and city government, school districts, and special districts. The Grand Jury is also statutorily empowered to inspect adult and juvenile detention facilities. Service on the Grand Jury affords citizens the unique opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the efficiency and integrity of local government. Residents who have lived in the county for one year, are United States citizens, and are 18 years of age or older may apply for service. The Court is seeking applicants of all backgrounds who are willing to make the commitment of a one-year term.

 

WHAT IS THE GRAND JURY?

The U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment and the California Constitution call for grand juries. The Grand Jury is a part of the Judicial Branch of government, and is responsible for three main functions:

  1. Civil Watchdog
  2. Citizen Complaints
  3. Accusations

 

COMMITMENT

Typically, Grand Jury service requires a time commitment of a minimum of 20-25 hours per week for a period of one fiscal year. Exact days and times are determined by each Civil Grand Jury. 

 

SELECTION

Superior Court Judges seek and interview volunteers to apply to serve on the Civil Grand Jury. Thirty prospective grand jurors are nominated from the pool of applicants, divided among the county’s supervisorial districts. Nineteen members are randomly chosen, and are sworn in and given a description of their duties 
and responsibilities by the Presiding Judge. 

Click to access the 2015-16 Civil Grand Jury Application Form. 

Individuals interested in applying may contact Tamara L. Davis, Deputy Manager of Jury Services, at 408-882-2721, or visit their website at www.scscourt.org. Inquiries may also be sent to CGJ@scscourt.org.

The deadline to submit an application for consideration for service is Friday, March 27, 2015. The 2015-2016 Civil Grand Jury will be selected and sworn in on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 4 p.m. at the Old Courthouse located at 161 North First Street, San José, California.

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