Riverside County residents interested in serving on the grand jury are welcome to apply between now and March 15, Superior Court officials said today.
The 19-member civil grand jury is in session year-round, investigating citizen complaints about government agencies and conducting inquiries of its own.
Applications are for the grand jury sitting from July 1 of this year to June 30, 2014.
Applicants undergo a background screening and interviews with a selection committee, comprised of judges, one of whom must nominate juror candidates.
To be considered, an applicant must be:
-- an American citizen;
-- 18 years old or older;
-- a county resident for at least a year;
-- have "sound judgment and fair character";
-- speak English;
-- be available for weekly hearings and meetings;
-- not currently serving as a trial juror;
-- not an elected official; and
-- have no felony convictions.
Panelists are not salaried but do receive a small per diem payment to cover expenses and are compensated for mileage.
Applications can be filled out online at http://riverside.courts.ca.gov/. Users need to select the "Divisions" tab on the court homepage and navigate to the application. They may also request a paper application by mail. It must be returned to the court by the March deadline.
More information is available by contacting court officials at (951) 777- 3163.