Santa Ana- The Superior Court in Orange County is seeking qualified citizens to apply for the 2008-2009 Orange County Grand Jury. Applications will be accepted until January 11, 2008. Nineteen Orange County residents will be selected to serve as grand jurors. Service as a grand juror requires a full-time commitment for one year, from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.
The work of the Grand Jury is important and has a significant impact on the lives of Orange County residents. Grand Jurors review and evaluate the work of government agencies, schools and special districts within the County of Orange. Past reports have focused on timely issues such as Orange County jails and programs, the welfare of Orange County’s Foster Children, and disaster planning for Orange County Schools. The Grand Jury also considers evidence for criminal indictments.
Grand Jurors attend tours and briefings to increase their knowledge of the workings of various county agencies and to help them evaluate and assess potential problems in our county. Annual visits include the sheriff’s forensics laboratory and jails, John Wayne Airport, Orange County harbors and beaches, and the San Onofre Nuclear Power Generating Station.
A grand juror must be 18 years of age or older, a United States Citizen, and have resided in Orange County for at least one year. Before being nominated, each qualifying applicant is interviewed by a panel of Superior Court judges. Background investigations, including record checks of state and local law enforcement agencies, are conducted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Applications may be obtained by calling the Grand Jury Hotline at (714) 834-6747 or at the Jury Commissioner’s Officer located in the Central Justice Center, 700 Civic Center Drive, West Santa Ana, California between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday or on the Internet at www.ocgrandjury.org.
A mandatory orientation program for prospective grand jurors will be held January 22, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. in Department C-1 at the Central Justice Center, 700 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana.
Court Release #023-07