Civil Grand Jury Volunteers Needed


From the Superior Court of California:

The Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara is seeking volunteers to serve on the 2017-18 Civil Grand Jury. We are reaching out to you as part of our annual appeal for nominations to the grand jury from elected officials, and business and community leaders. Our goal is to enlist a panel that is diverse and representative of the county population, and to ensure that the grand jury is equipped with a mixed set of skills and abilities so that we can assemble the deep reservoir of knowledge necessary in this broad oversight role. With your help, we can achieve this goal and allow the Civil Grand Jury to continue to play a vital role in promoting accountability in our local government.

As part of the Judicial Branch of government, the Civil Grand Jury’s role as a civil investigator affords citizens the unique opportunity to contribute to the efficiency of local government and to play an integral part in ensuring the integrity and efficiency of local government. Grand jurors have the independent authority to examine all aspects of county and city government, school districts, and special districts. The Civil Grand Jury is also statutorily empowered to inspect adult and juvenile detention facilities.

Residents who have lived in the county for one year, are United States citizens, and are 18 years of age or older may apply for service. The Court is seeking applicants of all backgrounds who are willing to make the commitment of a one-year term, which will begin on June 22, 2017.

Please find an application for service here and an informational brochure on the Civil Grand Jury here. Individuals interested in applying may contact Tamara L. Davis, Deputy Manager of Jury Services, directly at 408-882-2721, or visit our website. Inquiries may also be sent to

The deadline to submit an application for consideration for service is Thursday, March 30, 2017. The 2017-2018 Civil Grand Jury will be selected and sworn in on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 4 p.m. at the Old Courthouse located at 161 North First Street, San José, California.