The Contra Costa County Superior Court is calling on residents to serve their community and apply to join the county’s Civil Grand Jury Service for the fiscal year 2020-21 term.
Tasked with monitoring, reviewing and reporting on the activities of city and county governments, special districts and school districts, applications are being accepted now through March 13 on the 19 member jury, who will be selected to serve for one year -- July 2020 through June 2021.
“Every effort is made to ensure that the grand jury reflects the makeup of the residents of the county,” Contra Costa County Superior Court officials said in a statement.
County officials say approximately 75 applicants will be selected to be interviewed by the Grand Jury Selection Committee -- which is composed of superior court judges -- which will then nominate approximately 30 applicants who will be selected from a grand jury pool drawing.
The random drawing is scheduled to be made on June 12, with the 19 selected members being sworn in on the same day.
Grand jurors will be expected to attend an orientation from June 22 to July 2, where they will meet with department heads, become familiar with colleagues, learn about their responsibilities and select specific committees that they will serve on.
Selected individuals must thereafter be available for approximately 30 hours per week to grand jury service and have reliable transportation to the county offices in Martinez.
In order to apply, jurors must be a United States citizen, 18 years of age or older and have been residents in Contra Costa County for at least the past year. Applicants should also have access to a computer in order to send and receive emails, and should be familiar with Microsoft Word.
Applicants also cannot hold any elected position within the county and should only apply if they are able to be released from their jobs to perform jury duties.
Jurors will receive a stipend for attending full jury and committee meetings, are reimbursed 57.5 cents per mile for allowable travel and may be provided with a permit to park in Martinez.
Residents can learn more and obtain a copy of an application by contacting the Office of the Civil Grand Jury at 608-2621, or online at www.cc-courts.org/grandjury.