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Sonoma County seeks grand jury volunteers

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The Sonoma County Superior Court is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 Civil Grand Jury.

By law, a Civil Grand Juror must be a U.S. citizen; at least 18 years of age; a resident of Sonoma County for a minimum of one year; have sufficient knowledge of the English language to attend meetings, take notes, and write reports; and have no convictions for malfeasance in office or any felony or high crime.

A Grand Juror should:

• Be able to serve a one-year term from July 1 to June 30 and to commit 10 to 15 hours a week to Jury business.

• Have the ability to work with others and be tolerant of their views.

• Have a genuine interest in community affairs.

• Have investigative skills and an ability to write reports.

• Have access to a non-public computer.

• Have an email account and basic knowledge of a word processing program.

An orientation and training program is provided each year for the new jury. The training includes the techniques of investigative procedures and report writing. Visits to various county and city facilities may also be scheduled.

Grand Jurors take an oath of confidentiality which prohibits them from disclosing evidence obtained in their investigations and from revealing the names of complainants or witnesses. Witnesses are required to sign a confidentiality admonishment which prohibits the disclosure of any CGJ proceedings until a final report is made public or an authorization is issued by the court to disclose such matters.

Residents interested in being a Grand Juror can obtain an online application at sonoma.courts.ca.gov/ or by sending a request with a self-addressed stamped envelope to Sonoma County Superior Court, Attn: Court Administration, 600 Administration Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.

For details, call 521-6501.

Applications are due by April 9.