Orange County residents who want to make a difference in their community are encouraged to submit an application to serve on next year’s Orange County Grand Jury by Jan. 18. The one-year term begins July 1.
The 19 members of the Grand Jury are empowered to perform civil oversight of local government by reviewing and evaluating county and city agencies, schools, and special districts within the county. They attend tours and briefings to increase their knowledge of the workings of county agencies to help them assess potential problems. The Grand Jury also considers evidence for possible indictment of individuals in felony cases.
Requirements to serve are to be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, a county resident of at least a year, fluent in written and spoken English, and in possession of sound judgment, good character, and a sense of fairness.
Each qualifying applicant is interviewed by a panel of two Superior Court judges and is subject to a background investigation. Final selection from the top 30 applicants is accomplished by a random drawing as required by law. Grand jurors receive $50 per day (up to $250 per week) and reimbursement for travel mileage.
More information is available at ocgrandjury.org, by calling 714-834-6747, or in person at the Jury Commissioner’s Office, 700 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana.