The selection process for the 2009-2010 Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury has begun. Anyone interested in serving on the Civil Grand Jury may contact the Grand Jury Office at 558-7766 or go online at www.stanct.org to download the application. The deadline for applications is May 1.
Civil Grand Jurors must meet the same qualifications as a trial juror. The term of office for a grand juror is one year (July 1 to June 30). Grand jurors must be available at least 20 hours per month. The primary function of the Civil Grand Jury is to act as the public “watchdog” by investigating and reporting upon the affairs of local governmental agencies, including County and City government, special districts and school districts.
All those persons who qualify for the grand jury will be interviewed by the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court Jack M. Jacobson, Judge Ricardo Cordova, and Court Executive Officer Michael Tozzi. From those interviewed, Judge Jacobson will make the decision on the final 30 names. From the 30 names, the 19-member panel Civil Grand Jury and four alternates will be selected in open court by a random selection process.
Prospective Grand Jurors are:
Randomly recruited from the master jury pool.
Referred by community leaders.
Interested citizens that request applications.
How to apply?
1. Obtain an application:
By phone: Call 558-7766
In person at: Civil Grand Jury Office, 1021 I Street, 3rd Floor, Modesto
Fill out and sign application.
Mail to: Civil Grand Jury Office, P.O. Box 3387, Modesto, CA 95353
Deliver to: Civil Grand Jury Office, 1021 I Street, 3rd Floor, Modesto
Qualifications for prospective Grand Jurors:
Per Penal Code §893, Grand Jurors must meet the following qualifications:
Be a United States citizen 18 years of age or older who shall have been a resident of the state and county for one year immediately before being selected.
Have possession of his/her natural faculties, be of ordinary intelligence, of sound judgment, and of fair character.
Have sufficient knowledge of the English language
Cannot be serving as a trial juror in any court of this state.
Must not have been discharged as a grand juror in any court of this state within one year.
Must not have been convicted of malfeasance in office or any felony or other high crime.
Cannot be serving as an elected public officer.
Each qualified person who responds interested in serving on the Grand Jury will be interviewed. The court seeks to select a cross section of the community based on geographical location, skills, age, sex, and ethnic background.
Out of those interviewed, the Judge selects 30 names.
From the Final 30, the 19-member panel Civil Grand Jury and 4 alternates are randomly picked in open court.
Civil Grand Jurors volunteer to serve for one year (July-June) and commit a minimum of 20 hours per month.