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Applicants Being Sought For County Civil Grand Jury

Applications are being taken for the Fiscal Year 2023-2024 Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury. Citizens interested in serving on the Civil Grand Jury are encouraged to contact the Grand Jury Office at (209) 525-4252 to request an application be mailed to them, or they may visit the website at to download an application form.

All persons who qualify to serve on the grand jury will be interviewed by a panel designated by the Presiding Judge. From those interviewed, Judge Carrie M. Stephens, Presiding Judge of the Superior Court, will select 30 finalists from which the 19-member Civil Grand Jury panel and six alternates are selected by random drawing.

Civil Grand Jurors must meet the same qualifications as trial jurors. The term of office for civil grand jurors is one year (July 1 to June 30). Grand jurors must be available approximately 20 hours per month. In addition, due to COVID-19, applicants must be able to work via telephonic or video appearance (a smart phone and internet access are required).

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. Visit the Court’s website at for more information on Civil Grand Jury.

The deadline for submitting applications is April 15, 2023.