(Portion courtesy of Superior Court of California County of Orange)
The Orange County Superior Court encourages Orange County residents to apply to serve on the next Grand Jury. A new 19-member Grand Jury will be empaneled for a one-year term that begins July 1, 2016.
What does the Grand Jury do?
- Investigates the performance of county, city, and other local agencies
- Analyzes data and writes reports with recommendations for improvement
- Verifies that local tax dollars are spent wisely
- Examines conditions at local jails
- Decides on indictments for some criminal cases
- Looks into citizen complaints about local government agencies
At the beginning of the term, members of the Grand Jury attend tours and briefings to increase their knowledge of the workings of county agencies to help them assess potential problems. Grand Jury reports from past civil investigations are posted online at www.ocgrandjury.org/reports.asp.
Superior Court judges review applications and interview qualified applicants. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department conducts background investigations on top candidates. Selection of the 19-member Grand Jury is achieved by a random drawing of the top 25 to 30 candidates nominated for service to equally represent each of the five Orange County Supervisorial Districts, as required by law. The minimum requirements to serve are individuals who are:
- At least 18 years old
- United States citizen
- Resident of Orange County for at least one year
- Sufficient knowledge of English
- In possession of sound judgment, good character, and a sense of fairness
An application form and more information are available online at www.ocgrandjury.org, by calling the Grand Jury Hotline at 657-622-6747, or at the Jury Commissioner’s Office, 700 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana, 92701. The current stipend for Grand Jury service is $50 per day plus mileage reimbursement. Individuals meeting the above requirements are encouraged to apply. Completed applications must be received by Friday, January 22, 2016.