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Grand jury seeks volunteers

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The Superior Court of California, County of Placer is seeking applications from Placer County residents interested in serving on the 2010-2011 grand jury. The grand jury’s one-year term begins on July 1, 2010 and ends on June 30, 2011. By law, the grand jury is comprised of residents who are responsible for conducting independent and nonbiased investigations making reports concerning all aspects of the operations of both city and county government. In addition, the grand jury may be called upon to hear evidence in selected criminal cases. To meet the minimum qualifications for service on the grand jury, applicants must be United States citizens who are 18 years of age or older, and have resided in Placer County for a minimum of one year, immediately prior to becoming a grand juror. Service on the grand jury requires a substantial investment of time, usually between 25 to 30 hours per month. There may be several meetings each week. In addition, members of the grand jury routinely visit various public offices and officials in carrying out their responsibilities. Additional information and applications for grand-jury service are available by contacting the court executive office at 408-6186 or by visiting online at placer.courts.ca.gov. Application deadline is 3 p.m. May 21.