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County Superior Court Seeks Volunteers for Civil Grand Jury

Application deadline extended to April 30

Santa Barbara County Superior Court Executive Officer Gary Blair announced Tuesday that the court is actively seeking volunteers for the 2012-13 Civil Grand Jury.

To be considered for service on the Grand Jury, you must be a citizen of the United States, be age 18 or older, be of character, have been a resident of Santa Barbara County for at least one year and have never been convicted of a felony or malfeasance in office.

Some of the principal functions of the Grand Jury include investigation and review of the departments and special districts of county and city government; involvement in fiscal or management audits; and the preparation of reports on related matters. Reports are then filed with recommendations for improvement of operations.

Service on the Grand Jury is for a period of one year commencing July 1 through June 30 and usually involves about 25 hours per week. There is no question that service on the Grand Jury is an enormous sacrifice of time; however, it is an excellent opportunity to learn about the inner workings of government while providing a valuable service to the community.

For more information or for an application, call Jury Services during regular business hours in Santa Barbara at 805.882.4530 or Santa Maria at 805.614.6464. Interested parties may also pick up applications at the Jury Assembly Building at 1108 Santa Barbara St. in Santa Barbara or the Jury Assembly Building F at 312 E. Cook St. in Santa Maria. Click here to get an application online.

The deadline for submitting an application is now Monday, April 30. The new Grand Jury will begin July 1 and serve through June 30, 2013.

— Angela Braun is a Jury Services supervisor for Santa Barbara County Superior Court.

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