Sacramento County residents interested in reviewing and investigating the operations of local government agencies are sought to serve on the county grand jury.
Applications, due by Jan. 26, are being accepted for the 2018-19 grand jury. Members serve a one-year term running from July 1 through June 30.
Jurors typically work 25 to 35 hours per week, and may serve on committees dealing with criminal and juvenile justice, administrative and municipal affairs, environmental issues, public works and special districts, health and human services and education.
The grand jury receives and reviews for possible investigation citizen complaints regarding local government, including government inefficiency as well as misconduct by public officials and employees.
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Each January, questionnaires are mailed randomly to county residents based on information available from the Department of Motor Vehicles and the county Voter Registration and Elections. Those who express an interest in serving, along with other applicants, become part of a selection pool from which Sacramento Superior Court judges nominate grand jurors.
Prospective grand jurors must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old and residents of Sacramento County.
An orientation for applicants will be held in April, followed by interviews. Applicants who are nominated will be mailed a notice to appear for the grand jury drawing. Nineteen jurors and 11 alternates will be selected in May through a lottery.