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Riverside County Residents Invited to Apply to Serve on Grand Jury
Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
Issue 01, Volume 18.
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.
Applications are currently being accepted for the grand jury to be seated from July 1 of this year through June 30, 2015.
Applicants undergo a background screening and interview with a selection committee, comprised of judges, one of whom must nominate juror candidates.
To be considered, an applicant must:
-- be an American citizen;
-- be 18 years old or older;
-- have lived inthe county for at least a year;
-- have "sound judgment and fair character";
-- speak English;
-- be available for weekly hearings and meetings;
-- not currently serve as a trial juror;
-- not be an elected official; and
-- have no felony convictions.
Panelists are not salaried but do receive a small per diem payment to cover expenses and are compensated for mileage.
Applications can be completed online at http://riverside.courts.ca.gov/. Users need to select the "Divisions" tab on the court homepage and navigate to the application. A paper application can also be requested by mail, but must be returned to the court by March 1.
Court officials are available to answer questions at (951) 777-3162.
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