Applications are available for El Dorado County residents interested in serving on the county’s 2017-18 grand jury.
Jurors serve for one year, from July 1 through June 30. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old, have lived in El Dorado County for at least one year at the time they are sworn in for service and cannot hold elected office.
A required training session provided by the California Grand Jurors Association will be held July 6-7 in Placerville.
The grand jury is an investigative body that works to ensure that county, special district and city governments are effectively run. It is an arm of the court but operates independently of direct court supervision and is not answerable to the district attorney, according to a news release. The grand jury typically examines systems and processes and is not a criminal jury involved in trials.
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Jurors regularly confer with government officials and citizens to gain information and insight regarding matters under investigation.
The grand jury sets its own meeting schedules, but jurors should expect to serve six to 15 hours a week, spread over two or three days. The time includes full jury and committee meetings, investigation and preparing written reports.
Meetings are compensated at a maximum rate of $15 per day. Jurors also receive compensation for mileage at the same rate as El Dorado County employees for travel for grand jury sessions and committee work.
Applications, which must be submitted by May 5, are available at the Superior Court, 2850 Fairlane Court, Suite 110, Placerville. Applications also are available online, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 530-621-7414.