Thursday, January 5, 2012

Kern County: Grand jury seeking applicants

THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN | Wednesday, Jan 04 2012 04:13 PM

Last Updated Wednesday, Jan 04 2012 04:16 PM

Applications for the Kern County Grand Jury season that begins in July are now being accepted.

The county's 19 grand jurors are chosen from a pool of volunteers who are willing to serve for 12 months on the investigative panel charged with rooting out government corruption and mismanagement and empowered to issue criminal indictments for public offenses.

Members of the grand jury must be at least 18 years old, speak English and have lived in Kern County for at least one year.

Applicants who meet those criteria are interviewed by Kern County Superior Court judges who then nominate them for the position. The final 19 jurors are chosen by random drawing from that pool of nominees.

Applications for the 2012-2013 jury can be downloaded from the county's website at or obtained by contacting the grand Jury at 868-4797 or at the offices of the grand jury in the Kern County Superior Court Building at 1415 Truxtun Ave. in Bakersfield.

Those interested in a grand jury seat will need to submit a completed application by April 13.

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