The Superior Court of San Diego is seeking candidates for their County Grand Jury after an unusually low response.
Only 47 residents have applied for the 19-member jury, which investigates citizen complaints and functions as a ‘watchdog’ over government agencies. It does not conduct criminal investigations.
"We normally see more than 100 residents submit their names for the drawing. We can't
put a finger on exactly why there's a low turnout this year," said Michael Roddy Executive
Officer of the San Diego Superior Court which oversees Grand Jury selection. "We want to get
the word out so we can have a wide and diverse representation on this important panel."
Applications are now available by telephone at 619-450-7272 or in person at the San
Diego Superior Court in the Jury Services Office at the Central (Downtown) branch, and the lounges at the North, South and East branches of the court. You may also download an
application from the San Diego Superior Court's website or the Grand
The Grand Jury will work four days a week, approximately six hours a day, from July 1,
2016 through June 30, 2017 at the Hall of Justice located in downtown San Diego. A small
stipend per day, plus mileage, and downtown parking are provided.
All application forms must be received by January 15, 2016. Qualified candidates will
be nominated for a random drawing tentatively scheduled for June 3, 2016. The random drawing
gives each supervisorial district equal representation by population.
Candidates must (1) be U.S. citizens, (2) be at least 18 years old, (3) have sufficient
knowledge of the English language and (4) have lived in the county for one year prior to
selection. All candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check. Individuals
meeting the above requirements are encouraged to apply.