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Apply to serve on the Civil Grand Jury

Share your knowledge and improve our community by volunteering on the Grand Jury.

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  • 18 or older 
  • U.S. citizen who speaks and writes English 
  • Resident of Marin County for at least 1 year prior to selection 
  • Cannot currently be an elected official 
  • Cannot have been convicted of malfeasance in office 
  • Cannot be convicted of a felony or other high crime 

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Time commitment

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  • 1 year 
  • 10 hours per week (for 1 investigative committee) or  
  • 20+ hours per week (for 2 or more investigative committees) 

You can apply anytime. Apply by April 19, 2024 to be considered for the next jury selection.

Before you start

Serving on the Civil Grand Jury is a rewarding, high-impact experience. We look for applicants who are: 

  • Interested in improving how local government works 
  • Excited to find ways to improve government services 
  • A good listener who can ask thoughtful questions 
  • Understands the importance of keeping information confidential 
  • Understands the importance of cooperation and compromise 
  • Computer-literate  

Read our member guide to learn what’s expected and what it’s like to serve on the Civil Grand Jury. 

What to do

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  1. Complete the Civil Grand Jury application form: 
    1. Online
    2. Download and print 
  2. Submit the form online or mail it to: Marin County Civil Grand Jury, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 275, San Rafael, CA 94903 
  3. We will let you know by phone if you are invited for an interview 

What's next

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Superior Court judges review the applications at the end of April. If your application is approved, there is a 2-step interview process. In May, you will be interviewed by 2 former jurors and perform a group exercise with the other applicants.  

If you pass the interview, you’ll be placed into a random drawing to select 19 jurors and 11 alternates. An alternate is someone who will serve on the jury if one of the members withdraws.  

If you are selected as a juror or an alternate, you serve for a 1-year term beginning on July 1.   

After being sworn in, jurors get training on: 

  • Civil grand jury responsibilities 
  • Local governments 
  • Investigation 
  • Report-writing techniques


Page updated April 3, 2024