The window of opportunity to apply for serving on the Shasta County Grand Jury is now open. The Grand Jury is a volunteer, citizen-based panel that represents the public in helping ensure transparency and high standards of conduct in our local governments, public agencies and officials, working under the auspices of the Shasta County Superior Court.
California is unique in that the framers of the State Constitution mandated that each county have a Grand Jury as a “watchdog,” looking at and reporting on the activities of all public officials, governments and public officials. In doing so the Grand Jury plays an extremely important role in keeping local government transparent, holding officials accountable, and ensuring that tax dollars are spent correctly.
Concerns or complaints around government activities and suggestions for areas of investigation can be submitted by any citizen.
Applications and more information on serving on the Shasta County 2016-17 Grand Jury are available online now at: www.shastacountygrandjury.org. Deadline for applications are April 15, 2016.
Any U.S. citizen 18 years or older who is a resident of Shasta County, with good character and literate in English, is eligible to serve. Applications are submitted to the Superior Court for review and then up to thirty potential jurors are selected. Nineteen names are picked at random to serve and the remaining applicants serve as alternates.
“Members of the Grand Jury do important work, so we are looking for people who can ask thoughtful questions, have good listening skills, and will help write effective reports,” said Melissa Fowler-Bradley, executive officer of the Shasta County Superior Court.
Former Grand Juror Ray Frisbie added, “The Shasta County Grand Jury is one of the most important and interesting volunteer opportunities you could ever hope for.” Another former Grand Juror, Marsha Caranci, said, “Not only did I make a difference, I met so many community leaders and learned so much about our community.”