Become a Civil Grand Juror

The California Grand Jurors’ Association (CGJA) encourages all eligible Californians to consider serving on a civil grand jury. Civil grand jury service is a unique and rewarding opportunity to make a difference in your community.

What is a civil grand jury?

A civil grand jury is a body of citizens who are sworn to investigate and report on the operations of local government. Civil grand juries are independent of the government agencies they investigate and have the power to subpoena witnesses and documents.

What do civil grand jurors do?

Civil grand juries can investigate any aspect of local government, including:

  • Efficiency and effectiveness of government operations
  • Financial management
  • Public safety
  • Environmental protection
  • Public health
  • Social services
  • Education

Civil grand juries can also issue reports and recommendations to government agencies and the public. These reports can help to improve government accountability and transparency.

Why should you become a civil grand juror?

Civil grand jury service is a great way to:

  • Learn about the inner workings of local government
  • Make a difference in your community
  • Hold government accountable
  • Gain valuable leadership and teamwork skills

Who is eligible to become a civil grand juror?

To be eligible to serve on a civil grand jury, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • At least 18 years old
  • A resident of the county where you are serving
  • Able to read and write English
  • Of sound mind

How do I become a civil grand juror?

To become a civil grand juror, you must apply to the superior court in your county. Applications are typically accepted during the spring and early summer. If you are selected to serve, you will be sworn in and begin your service in July.

What is the time commitment?

Civil grand jurors typically serve for one year. Meetings are held one or two days per week. You may also be required to attend additional events and trainings.

How can I learn more about civil grand jury service?

For more information about civil grand jury service, please visit the CGJA website at You can also contact your local superior court.


Civil grand jury service is a great way to make a difference in your community and hold government accountable. If you are interested in serving on a civil grand jury, please apply to your local superior court. Click for links to all county court websites to download an application form.