By: Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, (Portions Courtesy of the Superior Court)
The Superior Court in Orange County urgently seeks Grand Jury applicants for the one-year term that begins July 1, 2014. Applicants are especially needed from the cities of Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove, La Habra, Placentia, and Westminster. The selection of the 19-member Grand Jury panel is achieved by a random drawing of 25-30 candidates nominated for service, to equally represent each of the five Orange County Supervisorial Districts as required by law. Grand jurors receive a stipend and reimbursement for mileage.
“The Grand Jury’s effectiveness is strongly influenced by the quality of its members,” Supervisor Todd Spitzer said. “It is in the interests of all Orange County residents that the most qualified people apply to serve.”
The Grand Jury performs civil oversight of local government by reviewing and evaluating county and city agencies, schools, and special districts within the county. The Grand Jury also considers evidence for possible indictment of individuals in felony cases.
The requirements to serve are:
•At least 18 years old
•United States citizen
•Orange County resident for at least one year
•Sufficiently fluent in written and spoken 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 (714) 834-6747, or at the Jury Commissioner’s Office, 700 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Individuals meeting the above requirements are encouraged to apply by Wednesday, January 29, 2014.