Applications are being taken for the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 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 for an application to be mailed or go to the Court’s website at www.stanct.org/grand-jury to download an application form. From the Home Page, go to the Divisions tab and click on Grand Jury. Under Related Links located at the bottom of the left column, click on Selection/Application Process. On that page, see the How to Apply section and click on the link to download the 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 Robert Westbrook, 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 at least 20 hours per month. In addition, due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements, 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.
The deadline for submitting applications is April 15, 2022.