Applications available for El Dorado County grand jury

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014 - 4:57 pm

The El Dorado County Superior Court is accepting applications from residents interested in serving on the county’s 2014-15 civil grand jury.

The grand jury is an investigative body. Although it is an arm of the court, it operates independently of direct court supervision. The grand jury is not a trial jury. It typically focuses on special district, city and county governments to make sure that they are being efficiently run.

The grand jury has no enforcement authority. It can only make recommendations through publication of a final report, usually published at the end of June.

Applicants must be United States citizens, at least 18 years old, have lived in El Dorado County for at least one year at the time they are sworn in, and may not hold an elected office.

The judges of the Superior Court will select names from those submitted, as well as other nominees and current grand jurors who wish to be held over. Nineteen jurors will be selected from this jury pool in a random drawing. Final selection will take place in late June, and jurors are expected to be present. Jurors will serve for one year beginning July 1.

Meetings are compensated at a maximum rate of $15 per day, and mileage is compensated at the rate payable to employees of El Dorado County for travel necessary for grand jury sessions and committee work.

Applications are available online, or from Suzanne M. Thurman, executive administrative assistant for the Superior Court, 2850 Fairlane Court, Suite110, Building C, Placerville. They also may be requested by calling (530) 621-7414. Applications are due by 5 p.m. May 2.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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