April 2022 – The California Grand Jurors’ Association (CGJA) issues its annual call for citizens who want to make a difference as a local government watchdog to apply for service on their respective county’s 2022-2023 civil grand jury.
Lou Panetta, CGJA president, explains, “If you apply and are selected as a civil grand juror, you have an opportunity to make an important difference within your community by helping your county, cities, schools, and special districts be more efficient. You’ll also learn more about local government operations and get a chance to build long-lasting friendships with your fellow jurors.”
The annual selection process often starts with an informational session to learn about the requirements and responsibilities of being a civil grand juror. Interested volunteers fill out applications with their Superior Court that confirm they are a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, reside in the county where they’re applying, and are fluent in English.
If selected as a civil grand juror, applicants must have sufficient time to work throughout their year of service. Those impaneled by the court as grand jurors will serve a 1-year term, beginning July 1, 2022, in most counties.
Some CGJA county chapters work closely with the Superior Court’s presiding judge to assist with recruitment, orientation, and vetting the applicants.
Over the years, more than 100,000 Californians have been civil grand jurors and each year, our 58 county civil grand juries issue more than 500 reports, most of which can be viewed at the county’s court website .
To learn more about California’s one-of-a-kind civil grand jury system, the CGJA has just published the 4th edition of “California Civil Grand Juries: History, Law and How they Operate,” available as a free download at https://cgja.org/californias-civil-grand-juries-0
For more information, go to https://www.cgja.org .To apply to serve as a juror, check out the website of the Superior Court in your county.