Applicants for grand jury to be considered
The opportunity for citizens to submit their names for possible nomination for the 2004-2005 El Dorado County grand jury is now available.
The grand jury acts as an investigative body to ensure that county, special district and city government is being effectively run. It is not a jury for a trial, said Vickie Sanders, El Dorado County administrative technician.
The judges of the El Dorado County Superior Court shall select names from those submitted as well as other nominees and currently seated grand jurors if they wish to be held over, to be put into the jury pool.
Nineteen jurors are then selected in a random drawing from this pool. Jurors serve for a period of one year. Final selection will take place the end of June.
The El Dorado County grand jury generally meets two or more times per month to conduct its regular business. In addition to the monthly business meeting, members frequently meet in committee meetings to study particular concerns and problems. Each grand jury sets its own meeting schedule. Jurors are also called upon to confer with government officials and other citizens in order to gain information and insight as to the matters that are under investigation, Sanders said.
While being a grand juror is not a full-time job, it does require a substantial time commitment. This time includes attendance at the monthly business meeting and committee meetings, investigating, and preparing written reports.
Meetings are compensated at the maximum rate of $15 per day of meeting, plus a mileage expense is compensated at the rate payable to employees of El Dorado County for each mile actually and necessarily traveled for purposes of said sessions or committee work. No other compensation is provided.
Applicants must be United States citizens, at least 18 years of age, have resided in the county for at least one year prior to their application, and cannot hold an elected office.
Qualified citizens who have an interest in this unique type of service may pick up an application at the Superior Court, 495 Main Street, Placerville, CA 95667, or 2850 Fair Lane Court, Placerville, CA 95667 or online at http://www.co.el-dorado.ca.us. You can also call (530) 621-5530 and request an application/ questionnaire to be mailed to you.
May 14, 2004, is the deadline for submitting your application for grand jury service. Submit to the El Dorado County Chief Administrative Office, 330 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667.