Would YOU Make a Good Grand Juror?
Do you feel the need to increase the efficiency of County and Local Government, reduce costs and improve services?
- Are you willing to devote your time and energy to that goal?
- Are you willing to take a position on an issue even though there will be those who disagree with you?
How are your Listening and Analytical Skills?
- Are you a good communicator?
- Are you a good listener?
- Have you a good memory for detail?
- Can you separate the "Wheat from the Chaff"?
Can you ask penetrating questions, examine documents and help prepare clear, concise reports?
- Are you good at separating facts from rumor, emotional responses and personality or ideological differences?
- Can you express yourself well in writing?
Are you willing to cooperate with 18 others in reaching a consensus?
- Do you value diversity of views?
- Can you evaluate differing ideas?
- Can you take direction from others?
- Are you willing to assume leadership responsibility?
Can you maintain confidentiality outside the Grand Jury?
- The Grand Jury operates in secret
- Your work must be confidential from everyone other than fellow Grand Jurors
- Grand Jurors are sworn "Officers of the Court"
- There are penalties for violating the "secrecy" of the Grand Jury
Are you willing to commit to a full year of productive work?
- The Grand Jury term runs from July 1 to June 30
- Can you make a substantial contribution?
- at least three half-days a week in meetings
- 20 hours a week or more in reading and research
- It is necessary that absences be minimized and, if possible, planned
- Can you sustain enthusiasm under prolonged demands?
Are you willing to receive your "rewards" through personal satisfaction?
- There is little, if any, public recognition for individual contribution
- Your reports may be unpopular and subject to criticism by the "subjects"
and the media
- Financial compensation is small
- you will receive a stipend for meeting attendance and
compensation for mileage
- parking is provided
About the Grand Jury
Apply to become a Grand Juror
For further information, contact:
Secretary of the Superior Court
Re: Grand Jury
725 Court Street, 4th Floor
Martinez, California 94553
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