Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia encourages citizens to serve on civil grand jury

Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia encourages citizens to apply for civil grand jury

A statement from Supervisor John Gioia:

One of the freedoms most important in our democracy is citizen participation, from serving in elected office to volunteering at a recreational center or community clean-up.

Among the important roles of citizens in a democracy is serving on a civil grand jury. Grand Juries are often referred to as the “citizen watchdogs” of local government, with the crucial role of monitoring and reviewing government actions.

Sound interesting? The Contra Costa Superior Court is now accepting applications for Civil Grand Jury service for the 2015-16 term.

To be eligible you must be a U.S. Citizen, at least 18 years old, a resident of Contra Costa County, and not currently serving in any elected office.

Applicants must be prepared to devote at least 20 hours per week to Grand Jury service, most of it in Martinez.

For more information, contact the Office of the Civil Grand Jury at (925) 957-5638, or go here, where you can also download an application.

The application deadline is March 27.