The Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara is currently recruiting volunteers for the 2019-2020 Civil Grand Jury. The Civil Grand Jury, an arm of the Superior Court, is a part of the judicial branch of government. It serves as the county’s civil watchdog agency and may examine all aspects of county and city government, special districts, and school districts. It is authorized to inspect and audit books, records, and financial expenditures to ensure accountability of public funds. The Grand Jury may also inspect jails and juvenile detention facilities. Grand Jury service affords citizens the unique opportunity to contribute to the efficiency of local government and to play an integral part in ensuring that government officials are accountable to residents. Grand jurors are civic-minded individuals who are agents of change in their communities. Grand jurors come from all walks of life with varying interests and life experiences; however, they share a common thread: dedication to democratic ideals. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, United States citizens, and residents of Santa Clara County for at least one year prior to selection. Service on the grand jury does require a time commitment of an average of 25 hours per week, or as determined by the Grand Jury. Candidates must be willing to dedicate this year of service to keep careful watch over various aspects of County government, and the one-year term of the 2019-2020 panel will begin on June 20, 2019. Grand Jurors are paid per diem for all official grand jury business and reimbursed for their mileage. The application deadline is Friday, March 29, 2019. Persons interested in applying may obtain an application online at www.scscourt.org under “Civil Grand Jury.” Questions about the Grand Jury may also be directed to CGJ@scscourt.org or by contacting Britney Huelbig, Deputy Manager with the Superior Court, at (408) 882-2721.