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Volunteers sought for Civil Grand Jury

September 23, 2016

The County of Los Angeles Civil Grand Jury Office is seeking well-qualified citizens to volunteer for the 2017-2018 Civil Grand Jury that will be impaneled on July 3, 2017.

The Civil Grand Jury is virtually a full-time commitment for a period of one year. The deadline to submit the application form is Friday, November 4. Applicants must be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, a resident of Los Angeles County for at least one year, of ordinary intelligence and good character and have a working knowledge of English.

The responsibilities of the Civil Grand Jury include a careful examination of the operations of various government agencies within Los Angeles County, including special districts, to ensure that they are operating efficiently and managing taxpayer monies appropriately. A commitment of 30 to 40 hours a week is required. Participation is strictly voluntary. Employers are not obligated to provide participants with time off or to pay their salary when they serve on the Civil Grand Jury.

Each year every Superior Court judge may nominate two persons that he or she deems qualified to serve as Civil Grand Jurors. To be considered for nomination, submit an application to the Superior Court Criminal Justice Center, 210 W. Temple Street, 11th Floor, Room 11-506, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Applicants will be interviewed by the Grand Jurors Committee to determine each person's qualifications. The applications of qualified individuals are then made available to all Superior Court judges for possible nomination.

The 23 Civil Grand Jurors and Alternates are required to complete the financial disclosure forms in compliance with California Government Code Sections 81000-91015. Swearing-in for the Civil Grand Jurors is July 1 of each year (or the earliest day thereafter if July 1 falls on a weekend.) Jurors are required to be present for the Swearing-In Ceremony in July to receive the Charge to the Civil Grand Jury.

All Civil Grand Jurors must be available during July and August. For more information or to request an application form, call (213) 628-7914 or go to grandjury.co.la.ca.us.

 

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