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Qualifications

Prospective Grand Jurors must possess the following qualifications (Penal Code 893):
  1. Be a citizen of the United States of the age of 18 years or older who shall have been a resident of the state and of the county for one year immediately before being selected.
  2. Be in possession of his or her natural faculties, of ordinary intelligence, sound judgment, and fair character.
  3. Possess sufficient knowledge of the English language.
A person is not legally qualified to serve if any of the following apply:
  1. The person is serving as a trial juror in any court in this State.
  2. The person has been discharged as a Grand Juror in any court of this State within one year.
  3. The person has been convicted of a malfeasance in office or any felony or other high crime.
  4. The person is serving as an elected public officer.
Desirable qualifications for a Grand Juror include the following:
  1. Have the time to make the necessary commitment. It is not uncommon to serve 10 to 15 hours a week or more.
  2. Be open-minded with concern for the positions and views of others.
  3. Have the ability to work with others.
  4. Have an interest in community affairs.
  5. Possess investigative skills and an ability to write reports.
  6. Have a general knowledge of the functions, authorities, and responsibilities of county and city government and other civil entities.