Stanislaus civil grand jury to be picked

local@modbee.comJune 29, 2013 

— Nineteen grand jurors and four alternates will be selected Monday to serve on the 2013-14 Stanislaus County civil grand jury.

The jury serves as a watchdog by investigating complaints against local governments, such as school districts and cities. Recruiting efforts began in March, which included mailing more than 500 application letters to residents, county and city leaders, service organizations and local educational institutions. Applicants also were sought in area newspapers and on the Internet.

Court officials said 43 applicants completed the interview process, and 30 names were then selected to participate in the random draw Monday. The selection and swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. Monday in Department 25 in Stanislaus County Superior Court.

Judge Loretta Murphy Begen will preside over the selection. Grand jury members serve for one fiscal year. The incoming grand jurors will attend an orientation and are required to attend a two-day training session July 11-12 presented by the California Grand Jury Association, a not-for-profit educational organization.

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