Friday, February 26, 2010

Santa Clara County Superior Court seeking civil grand jury volunteers

By Mercury News Staff
Posted: 02/25/2010 05:50:00 PM PST
Updated: 02/25/2010 05:50:01 PM PST

Santa Clara County Superior Court is seeking volunteers to serve on the 2010-2011 civil grand jury.

Residents who have lived in the county for one year, are U.S. citizens and 18 years of age or older may apply for service. The one-year term will begin June 24.

The civil grand jury is part of the judicial branch of government and serves as the county's investigative body. If functions as a civil watchdog by exercising its authority to examine all aspects of county and city government and special districts, including school districts. It also has the authority to inspect the adult and juvenile detention facilities in the county.

During the one-year term, grand jurors will be expected to commit to 20-25 hours per week, and often more.

For more information and to get an application, contact Gloria Alicia Chacon, court manager, at 408-882-2722, or visit the court's Web site at to download an application and to learn more about the history and process of the civil grand jury.

The deadline to submit applications is March 5.

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