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Join the Grand Jury, Investigate Government
April 27, 2003

Superior Court Judge Richard S. Flier is looking for a few good men and women to serve on the Contra Costa County Civil Grand Jury.  Applicants from West County are particularly invited.

Now is your chance to look inside government in an official capacity. The Civil Grand Jury acts as a "watchdog" for local government agencies. The Contra Costa Grand Jury is authorized to examine city and county governments and special districts to ensure their duties are lawfully conducted. The Grand Jury reviews and evaluates procedures used by these entities to determine whether more efficient and economical policies may be employed. To see examples of the types of things the Grand Jury has investigated, visit the website http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/.

Typically, West Contra Costa County has been under-represented on the Grand Jury. There is a considerable time commitment. Someone holding a full-time job would probably not be able to serve.

In order to serve, you must:

          Be a citizen of the United States, age 18 or older and a resident of the county for at least one year immediately before being sworn.

          Be in possession of natural facilities and ordinary intelligence and of sound judgment and fair character.

          Possess sufficient knowledge of the English language.

You cannot serve if you are serving in an elective office or as a trial juror in any court in California, have been discharged as a grand juror in any court in California within one year, or have been convicted of malfeasance in office or any felony or other high crime.

 

Applications are available from:

 

Secretary of the Superior Court

1020 Ward Street, Room 2017

Martinez, CA 94553

925/646-2345

 

If you have matters having to do with public agencies, public officials, or special districts in Contra Costa County that you believe should be brought to the attention of the Grand Jury, they may be addressed to :

Foreman
2001-2002 Contra Costa Grand Jury
Room 2017
A.F. Bray Courts Building
P.O. Box 911
Martinez, CA 94533-0091

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