Friday, July 19, 2024

Help Investigate Local Government By Serving on Mendocino County’s Civil Grand Jury


The following is a press release from the Superior Court of California, County of Mendocino

[Stock photo by Matt LaFever]

“All qualified citizens interested in serving on the 2023/2024 Mendocino County Civil Grand Jury are invited to submit their applications to the Superior Court for consideration,” announced the Honorable Jeanine B. Nadel,  Presiding Judge of the Civil Grand Jury. The deadline for application submission is Friday, May 31, 2023. 2023/2024 Grand Jury will be sworn in at the end of June 2023. 

Service on the Civil Grand Jury is an excellent opportunity to learn about the inner workings of government while providing a valuable service to the community. The 19 members of the Civil Grand Jury serve for one year and are empowered to investigate the operations of county, city, and district governments; provide civil oversight of local government departments and agencies; and respond to citizen complaints. The Civil Grand Jury sets its own agenda and meeting schedule. Much of the work is performed in small committees allowing for considerable flexibility in the work schedule and meeting locations. 

To attract more residents from the geographically distant regions of Mendocino County, the Civil Grand Jury is making it possible for interested members of the public to participate in a safe environment. The Civil Grand  Jury has implemented remote meeting protocols to maximize participation while reducing the demand for travel. 

Grand Jurors are compensated $25 per full panel meeting, $10 per committee meeting and committee attendance at public meetings. Mileage is reimbursed at the current County of Mendocino rate. There is free onsite parking.  Prior to being nominated, each qualifying applicant is interviewed by a Superior Court judge. Training for Grand  Jurors will be provided in early July 2023 either remotely or in the County offices. 

To serve as a Civil Grand Juror, the following requirements must be met: 

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  • At least 18 years of age 
  • United States citizen 
  • Resident of Mendocino County for at least one year 
  • Sufficiently fluent in written and spoken English 
  • Not currently serving on any other governmental board or commission during the term
  • Not presently holding a public office 
  • Not personally active in any campaign of a candidate for elective office 
  • Computer skills highly desirable 

Applications and related information are available on the Internet at: Grand Jury (ca.gov). The application may  also be obtained in person at the Superior Court, 100 North State Street, Rm. 303, Ukiah or by calling the Grand  Jury at (707) 463-4320. 

For more information contact: 
Chelsea Leher, Administrative Technician 
Superior Court of California, County of Mendocino 
100 N. State Street, Room 303 
Ukiah, CA 954825 

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    • @John Redding it clearly states the deadline is May 31. I imagine you will hear after that date and not sooner. You could also empower yourself and call and see if your application was received rather than immediately complaining especially if you are not confident in your computer skills. A Grand Juror should be interested in properly investigating rather than knee jerk off the cuff reactions as you demonstrate.

  1. The information in this release on how to apply on line, “Applications and related information are available on the Internet at: Grand Jury (ca.gov).”, is not a valid URL in itself, and I cannot find any iteration of the phrase that connects to such a site. Any help from someone who knows?


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