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Selection/Application Process

Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury Selection Process

The selection process of the Civil Grand Jury is a process directed by the presiding judge of the Superior Court.

Prospective Grand Jurors are:

  • Randomly recruited from the master jury pool
  • Referred by community leaders
  • Interested citizens that request applications

How to apply?

Obtain an application:

Fill out and sign an application and mail to: Civil Grand Jury Office, P.O. Box 3387, Modesto, CA 95353 or deliver to: Civil Grand Jury, 825 12th Street, Modesto, CA.

Qualifications for prospective Grand Jurors:

Per Penal Code §893, Grand Jurors must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a United States citizen 18 years of age or older who has been a resident of the State and County for one year immediately before being selected
  • Have possession of his/her natural faculties, be of ordinary intelligence, of sound judgement and of fair character
  • Have sufficient knowledge of the English language
  • Cannot be serving as a trial juror in any court of this State
  • Must not have been discharged as a grand juror in any court of this State within one year
  • Must not have been convicted of malfeasance in office or any felony or other high crime
  • Cannot be serving as an elected public officer

Selection Process:

  • Each qualified person who responds as being interested in serving on the Grand Jury will be interviewed. The Court seeks to select a cross section of the community based on geographical location, skills, age, sex and ethnic background.
  • Out of those interviewed, the judge selects 30 names
  • From the Final 30, the 19-member panel Civil Grand Jury and 4 alternates are randomly picked in open court
  • Civil Grand Jurors volunteer to serve for one year (July-June) and commit to a minimum of 20 hours per month

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