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What's it like to serve on the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury? Here's a peek behind the curtain

Original post made on Aug 17, 2022

Unlike being selected for jury duty, serving on the civil grand jury is a voluntary commitment that former members say is a great way to become more civically engaged. The court is accepting applications right now.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 1:22 PM

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Posted by John Donegan
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2022 at 9:20 am

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I served on my county's civil grand jury, and we didn't expect to make money. I question if attracting people who are just looking for income is a good idea. The diversity, or lack of it, reflects the people who are willing to volunteer for a lot of often boring and tedious work. My county solicited for appliations aggressively, including a lot of TV ads, probably the most inclusive medium possible. I sort of doubt that conscripting unwilling jurors would be popular, or result in an effective Grand Jury.

Posted by Jarrod Taylor
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 17, 2022 at 9:44 am

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The only problem is that unlike a Criminal Grand Jury, the Civil Grand Jury is relatively toothless and upon review of submissions, it can only make recommendations and suggestions.

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2022 at 5:45 pm

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I served on a Criminal Grand Jury. I was a stay-at-home mom, so I had the time, and I didn't expect any "income." Per diem covers expenses (gas) and if you raise the per diem, it will attract people who won't take it seriously. It's a volunteer position, and like any volunteering, it's because you want to be there, not for financial gain.

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