Civic-Minded Citizens Needed for Grand Jury

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Application Deadline January 8, 2010

The Orange County Superior Court is urgently seeking applicants to serve on the 2010-2011 grand jury as applications have nosedived by 50 percent compared to last year’s applicant pool of 208. The application deadline is Jan. 8.

Grand jurors review and evaluate county government agencies, schools, and special districts. Past reports have focused on timely issues such as the condition and management of county jails, planning for statewide water shortages, and the health of the county’s finances.

Grand jurors attend tours and briefings to increase their knowledge of the workings of various county agencies and to help them evaluate and assess potential problems in our county. Annual visits include the sheriff’s forensics laboratory and jails, John Wayne Airport, Orange County harbors and beaches, and the San Onofre Nuclear Power Generating Station.

A grand juror must be 18 years of age or older, a U.S. citizen, and an Orange County resident for a least one year. Before being nominated, each qualifying applicant is interviewed by a panel of Superior Court judges. Background investigations are conducted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Download an application from the Internet at, or call the Grand Jury Hotline at (714) 834-6747. Applications are also available at the Jury Commissioner’s Office located in the Central Justice Center, 700 Civic Center Drive West in Santa Ana during regular business hours.

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