Grand Jury Selection Process

Requirements to Serve

Prospective grand jurors must be:
  • A U.S. citizen
  • Over 18 years of age
  • A county resident for at least one year
  • Of sound judgment with no felony convictions
  • Possess sufficient knowledge of English
Persons selected for the Grand Jury must make a commitment for a full year and be prepared to serve at least 20 hours a week.

Selection Process

The Grand Jury selection process is as follows:
  1. A grand jury candidate pool is developed from voter registration and Department of Motor Vehicle records, as well as interested individuals nominated by the Superior Court Judges.
  2. 1000 Grand Jury questionnaires are mailed to randomly selected individuals in the Grand Jury candidate pool.
  3. The jury coordinator collates returned Grand Jury questionnaires. Questionnaires with an expressed desire to serve are passed along to the advising judge.
  4. The advising judge reviews the questionnaires and comprises a list of applicants.
  5. By a personal interview of those applicants, the Superior Court ascertains their qualifications to serve and forms a grand juror pool sufficient in number for the incoming Grand Jury.
  6. A random drawing from the grand jury pool is held to select the nineteen members and alternates of the next Grand Jury.