- What do grand jurors actually do during their year of service?
- What is the jurisdiction of the San Diego County Civil Grand Jury?
- Does the jurisdiction of the grand jury cover complaints by residents against other residents or public/private companies?
- Are any special skills or education required to be a grand juror?
- What facilities or offices are provided to the grand jury?
- Will the grand jury be involved with criminal indictments?
- How formal are the procedures of the grand jury?
- If I am physically disabled, but otherwise meet all other requirements, am I still eligible to serve as a grand juror.
- If I make a complaint against a government agency, can I remain anonymous?
- What is the difference between the San Diego County Civil Grand Jury and a criminal grand jury?
- How many members are there on the grand jury?
- Are grand jurors paid for their services?
- How often does the grand jury sit?
- How do I get to be a grand juror?
What do grand jurors actually do during their year
Grand jurors, working as a team, may investigate and respond to citizen complaints about governmental entities within the County of San Diego, conduct studies of government operations, prepare reports of its investigations and serve as a watchdog to assure compliance with established law and regulations governing county agencies. The Grand Jury must complete audits of county governments, inspect the detention facilities within the county and issue a final report.
Does the jurisdiction of the grand jury cover
complaints by residents against other residents or public/private companies?
No. The Grand Jury has jurisdiction over local government agencies and officials within San Diego County.
Are any special skills or education required to be
a grand juror?
No. The only requirements are that you be a citizen of the United States, be a resident of San Diego County for at least one year prior to selection, be 18 years or older, possess ordinary intelligence, sound judgement, be of good character and possess sufficient knowledge of the English language to communicate both orally and in writing.
What facilities or offices are provided to the
The grand jury has a suite of offices in the Hall of Justice. The suite contains several quiet rooms, with telephones, several meeting rooms and a lunchroom with a small kitchen. Each grand juror has a workstation in the grand jury chambers with a computer which is connected to a printer, a telephone and drawer space. The foreperson and the jury coordinator are provided separate offices.
If I make a complaint against a government agency,
can I remain anonymous?
Not really. The Grand Jury may wish to talk to you about your complaint, so your name and telephone number are important. You may request that your name not be used during the investigation of your complaint.
What is the difference between the San Diego
County Civil Grand Jury and a criminal grand jury?
A criminal grand jury hears evidence of a criminal activity and returns an indictment if the evidence so dictates. A civil grand jury may investigate complaints against government entities and issues reports based on those investigations. A civil grand jury also performs a watchdog function of government activities to insure they are operating in the most efficient manner.
How do I get to be a grand juror?
Fill out an application. The application is available on this web site at all times and at the Office of the Jury Commissioner from December 1 through the second week of January. Return the application to the Office of the Jury Commissioner. The applications are reviewed by the Jury Commissioner’s Office and those that qualify are made available to the Superior Court judges who may each nominate up to three people for grand jury service. An applicant may also contact any Superior Court judge and request a nomination. From the nominated applicants, a pool of 30 is drawn by lot. Then, the names of the 19 who will compose the grand jury are drawn at random and the remaining 11 are drawn to create the list of alternates.