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Watchdogs Invited To Apply For Special Work Assignment

Applicants undergo a background screening and interviews with a selection committee, comprised of judges.

Riverside County residents interested in serving on the grand jury are welcome to apply between now and March 15, Superior Court officials said today.

The 19-member civil grand jury is in session year-round, investigating citizen complaints about government agencies and conducting inquiries of its own.

Applications are for the grand jury sitting from July 1 of this year to June 30, 2014.

Applicants undergo a background screening and interviews with a selection committee, comprised of judges, one of whom must nominate juror candidates.

To be considered, an applicant must be:

-- an American citizen;

-- 18 years old or older;

-- a county resident for at least a year;

-- have "sound judgment and fair character";

-- speak English;

-- be available for weekly hearings and meetings;

-- not currently serving as a trial juror;

-- not an elected official; and

-- have no felony convictions.

Panelists are not salaried but do receive a small per diem payment to cover expenses and are compensated for mileage.

Applications can be filled out online at http://riverside.courts.ca.gov/. Users need to select the "Divisions" tab on the court homepage and navigate to the application. They may also request a paper application by mail. It must be returned to the court by the March deadline.

More information is available by contacting court officials at (951) 777- 3163.

LBV Collins January 03, 2013 at 01:15 AM
I served on a criminal grand jury a while back and had a chance to chat with the 'Court Executive Officer and Jury Commissioner' regarding serving on the civil grand jury... and it sounded like a very interesting and challenging job. I may consider it.
No one January 03, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Theotis i laughed so hard i peed my pants!
No one January 03, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Theotis i laughed so hard i peed my pants!
Don Lambert January 04, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Reports that they make to the agencies or city or county governements are on line for past years. The agencies are required by law to respond, but are not required to follow the recommendations. You could read up on some of their work. This is true for San Diego County, and probably for Riverside.

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