Monday, April 16, 2012

Merced County civil grand jury needs applicants

Merced Sun-Star staff -
The selection process for the fiscal year 2012-13 Merced County civil grand jury has begun. Anyone interested in serving can contact the Judicial Assistant Office at (209) 725-4172 or go to to download the application. The deadline to apply is May 1.

Those who qualify will be interviewed by Judge Mark Bacciarini of Merced Superior Court and Linda Romero Soles, court executive officer. Bacciarini will decide on the 30 finalists. The 19 jurors and four alternates will be picked in open court by a random selection process.

Jurors must meet the same qualifications as a trial juror. The term of office is July 1 to June 30, 2013. Jurors must be available at least 20 hours per month. The primary function of the civil grand jury is to act as the public "watchdog" by investigating and reporting on the affairs of agencies such as county and city governments, special districts and school districts.

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