MARTINEZ -- The Contra Costa County Superior Court is seeking applicants to serve on the fiscal year 2014-15 civil grand jury.

The 19-member civil grand jury monitors and reports on city and county governments, special districts and school districts. Terms are for one year.

The civil grand jury's membership is supposed to reflect the demographic makeup of the county. Approximately 60 applicants will be interviewed by the grand jury selection committee, made up of Superior Court judges.

The judges will nominate a pool of about 30 applicants who will then be fingerprinted. The 19 new grand jurors will be selected from the pool by random drawing June 13 and be sworn in the same day.

The new grand jurors should be available the last two weeks of June to get acquainted with each other, meet with outgoing jurors and department heads, tour county facilities, select committees and familiarize themselves with responsibilities and procedures.

Grand jurors should expect to devote 20 hours a week to grand jury service. If employed, they should apply only if they can be released from their jobs to perform grand jury duties.

Grand jurors will receive a stipend for attending meetings and will be reimbursed for allowable travel expenses and receive a permit to park in Martinez while performing grand jury duties.


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Applicants must be at least 18, a United States citizen, and must have resided in Contra Costa County for at least a year before being selected. Grand jurors cannot hold any elected office within the county while serving on the grand jury.

Prospective applicants should contact the Office of the Civil Grand Jury at 925-957-5638 or visit www.cc-courts.org/grandjury for more information.

The deadline to apply is March 28.

Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760. Follow him at Twitter.com/tomlochner.