Riverside County residents interested in serving on the grand jury are welcome to apply between now and March 15, Superior Court officials announced.
The 19-member civil grand jury is in session year-round, investigating citizen complaints about government agencies and conducting inquiries of its own.
Applications are for the grand jury sitting from July 1 of this year to June 30, 2014.
Applicants undergo a background screening and interviews with a selection committee, comprised of judges, one of whom must nominate juror candidates.
To be considered, an applicant must be:
– an American citizen;
– 18 years old or older;
– a county resident for at least a year;
– have “sound judgment and fair character”;
– speak English;
– be available for weekly hearings and meetings;
– not currently serving as a trial juror;
– not 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 filled out online at http://riverside.courts.ca.gov/.
Users need to select the “Divisions” tab on the court homepage and navigate to the application. They may also request a paper application by mail. It must be returned to the court by the March deadline.
More information is available by contacting court officials at 951-777-3163.