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Applicants sought for Civil Grand Jury

POSTED March 23, 2010 11:24 p.m.
The Stanislaus County Superior Court is currently looking for volunteers to serve on the 2010-2011 Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury.
The primary function of the Civil Grand Jury is to act as the public “watchdog” by investigating and reporting upon the affairs of local governmental agencies, including county and city government, special districts and school districts. Over the past few years, the Civil Grand Jury has issued reports on a variety of agencies, including the county animal shelter, the jail and local city councils.
“My experience this year has been extremely rewarding,” said David D. France, the foreperson for the 2009-2010 Civil Grand Jury. “I’ve met a number of outstanding people, received excellent support and training, and learned a great deal about local governmental agencies. This is an excellent way to give back to the community, meet new and interesting people, and perform a valuable service. I heartily recommend this experience for those looking to take on a project that will benefit the entire county.”
Civil Grand Jurors must meet the same qualifications as a trial juror and be available at least 20 hours per month. The term of office for a grand juror is one year, from July 1 to June 30.
All those persons who qualify for the grand jury will be interviewed by the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court Jack M. Jacobson, Judge Ricardo Cordova and Court Executive Officer Michael Tozzi. From those interviewed, Judge Jacobson will select 30 finalists; from these 30 names, the 19-member panel Civil Grand Jury and four alternates will be selected in open court by a random selection process.
Anyone interested in serving on the Civil Grand Jury may contact the Grand Jury Office at 558-7766 or go online at
www.stanct.org to download an application. The deadline for applications is May 3.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.
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