Superior Court seeks residents to serve on grand jury

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – The application period is now open for residents interested in serving on the Riverside County Grand Jury.

The Superior Court is seeking qualified applicants to fill slots on the 19-member civil grand jury, which is in session year-round, investigating citizen complaints about government agencies and conducting inquiries of its own.

Current applications, which will be accepted through March 27, are for the grand jury that will be in session from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.

Applicants must pass a background check, and those prospects who qualify will ultimately be interviewed by members of a selection committee.

That panel will submit 25-30 names for nomination by a judge.

According to court officials, every effort is made to seat jurors from all areas of the county to ensure fair representation.

To be considered, an applicant must:
— be an American citizen;
— be 18 years old or older;
— be a county resident for at least a year;
— have “sound judgment and fair character”;
— have an interest in community affairs;
— have a working knowledge of computers;
— speak English;
— be available for up to four meetings a week;
— not currently be serving as a trial juror;
— not be an elected official; and
— have no felony convictions.

Jurors are not salaried but do receive a small per diem payment – $25 per hour if a hearing lasts a minimum of four hours, and $15 per hour for less time – to cover expenses. There is also compensation for travel.

Applications can be completed online at http://riverside.courts.ca.gov/ . Users need to select the “grand jury” option at the bottom of the homepage and fine the application there. Paper applications may also be requested and will be mailed to those who are
interested.

Court Executive Office staff are available to answer questions at 951-777-3163.