Saturday, December 22, 2018

[San Joaquin County] Letter-to-the-editor: Civil Grand Jury Association offers speakers

Since its formation five years ago, the San Joaquin County Chapter of the California Civil Grand Jury Association has provided over 120 presentations to local organizations, clubs and associations. These informative sessions, accompanied by a slideshow, handouts and a question-and-answer period, have benefited well over 1,600 county citizens who had an interest in the civil grand jury system.
If you are a member of a community-minded organization interested in learning how the civil grand jury operates, please consider contacting our Outreach Committee to arrange a presentation at one of your meetings.
Our presenters (all former civil grand jurors) will explain the qualifications to serve, the typical weekly obligations during the one-year period of service, how to submit a complaint, the differences between a criminal and civil grand jury, and how the civil grand jury benefits the county.
Each session includes specific examples of how the civil grand jury has made a difference in our communities.
The Superior Court is accepting applications from qualified and motivated citizens to serve on the 2019-20 civil grand jury; a random drawing from applications received will be conducted in June to impanel the new jury, which begins its year of service on July 1. For additional information, go online:
To arrange for a member of the CGJA’s Speaker’s Bureau to visit your organization, please contact outreach chairperson John Britto at 351-1366 or
As Mark Twain once said, “The trouble with the world is not that people know too little; it’s that they know so many things that just aren’t so.” Serving on the civil grand jury is one step closer to learning truth — and making a difference.
December 21, 2018
Tracy Press
From John Britto, Stockton

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