sb_courtVolunteers for the 2009-2010 San Bernardino County Grand Jury are being requested, announced James C. McGuire, Presiding Judge of the Superior Court.  Successful applicants will serve as Grand Jurors for the period beginning July 1, 2009 and ending June 30, 2010.

To be eligible for selection a person must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of California and the County of San Bernardino for at least one year prior to appointment. Potential Grand Jurors are also required to possess sufficient knowledge of the English language, be in possession of their natural faculties, of ordinary intelligence, of sound judgment and of good character.  By law, elected public officials are not eligible.

Service as a Grand Juror involves an average of 3 to 4 full working days per week.  Compensation is $25 per day plus meals and mileage associated with service.  The regular Grand Jury meeting place is located in San Bernardino.

The County Grand Jury is charged by the California Penal Code to investigate all aspects of County, city and special district government, and to hear information on certain criminal investigations.  All communications to the Grand Jury are confidential and the Grand Jury responds to all signed citizen complaints.

Concerned and interested citizens can telephone (909) 381-2458 to request an application, may pick one up in person at the various district Court offices throughout the County, or request an application in writing to Grand Jury, 351 N. Arrowhead Avenue, Room 200, San Bernardino, CA  92415-0243.  Applications can also be downloaded from the Grand Jury’s webpage at Applications will be accepted through April 17, 2009.