Grand Jury Seeking Applicants Applicants

Written by Estero Bay News

April 7, 2023

Readers interested in becoming a member of the San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury have until April 14, 2023 to apply.

A new grand jury is empaneled each year. Grand jurors volunteer to work as an independent body under the guidance of the Superior Court. Investigations may be initiated in response to formal complaints, newspaper articles, or recommendation from a previous grand jury.  Investigating and reporting on the operations of local government is known as the “watchdog” function of a civil grand jury.  Each civil grand jury determines which officers, departments and agencies it will investigate during its term of office. 

Following submission, applications are screened for eligibility, followed by orientation, and an interview with members of the San Luis Obispo County Chapter of the California Grand Jurors’ Association. Finalists will be interviewed a second time by a Superior Court judge. A random drawing during the selection and swearing-in ceremony will determine the 19 grand jurors and 11 alternates for the 2023-2024 fiscal year.  

Applications may be found at Jury Services, Superior Court, 1050 Monterey Street, Room 224, San Luis Obispo or by calling (805)-706-3611 or online.

Download the grand jury application at https://www.slo.courts.ca.gov/general-information/jury-service/grand-jury/grand-jury-application.

For more information about the San Luis Obispo County Chapter of the California Grand Jurors’ Association contact Nancy Welts, chapter president via email at slocgja@slo.courts.ca.gov.

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