Oct. 20, 2014
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How Can I Serve?



HOW CAN I SERVE ON A GRAND JURY?

For those who wish to serve their community, you may apply to serve as a grand juror if you are in good health, are open minded, work well with others and have an interest in community affairs. Those with investigative skills are particularly eligible.

Prospective grand jurors must possess the following qualifications (Penal Code Section 893):

  • Be a citizen of the United States of the age of 18 years or older who shall have been a resident of the county for one year immediately before being sworn.
  • Be in possession of his or her natural faculties, or ordinary intelligence, of sound judgment, and of fair character.
  • Possess sufficient knowledge of the English language.

You may not serve as a grand juror if:

  • You are serving as a trial juror in any court of this state.
  • You have been discharged as a grand juror at any court of this state within one year.
  • You have been convicted of malfeasance in office or any felony or other high crime.
  • You are serving as an elected public official.

Each spring, Superior Court Judges nominate thirty prospective grand jurors from the list of applicants, equally divided among the county's supervisorial districts. Nominees are invited to appear at the Superior Court of the Presiding Judge. At this time, with the past Grand Jury in attendance, the clerk draws nineteen names randomly.

Persons selected for Grand Jury service must make a commitment to serve a minimum of three days per week for a period of one year (July 1 through June 30). It is not uncommon for Grand Jury members to serve four and sometimes five days of a given week. Grand Jury members receive a nominal payment for meetings.

Those selected that are able to make this commitment are sworn in by the Presiding Judge. New grand jurors are invited and encouraged  to attend a two-day training for new grand jury members.  The training takes place in Sacramento and is presented by the California Grand Juror’s Association.  . These citizens begin their one-year term on July 1.

Serving as a Grand Juror consumes many hours. However, those who serve are willing to give their time for the betterment of the government, which, in truth, belongs to them. If and when you are asked to serve as a Grand Juror, step up to your responsibility, accept the appointment and represent the community in which you live.

© 2014 Superior Court of California, County of Sutter