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The Grand Jury selection process for Nevada County covering the fiscal year is currently underway. This year jurors will be selected by a screening procedure that has been used during the last few years.

The Grand Jury, made up of 19 members, is the county's watch dog agency. It operates under the supervision of the presiding judge of the Superior Court, and it ensures that our tax-supported city and county government agencies perform their duties properly and efficiently"

Any interested U.S. citizen who is 18 years or older, a resident of Nevada County and a person of good character is eligible to serve your community as a member of the Nevada County Grand Jury by filling out the application form on this website. Alternatively, you can print the form, fill it out and mail to:

Audrey Golden
Nevada County Superior Court
201 Church Street, Suite 6
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-1475.

Alternatively, they may telephone or appear in person at the office of the Nevada County Superior Court's judicial secretary at the address shown above which is on the first floor of the Nevada City Courthouse Annex.

Names of potential jurors will also be obtained by canvassing over 200 civil and community organizations. In an effort to obtain a broad cross-section of candidates, an attempt is made to secure names from each geographic area in the county such as Truckee, Lake Wildwood, Lake of the Pines, Alta Sierra and North San Juan, in addition to Nevada City and Grass Valley areas

A pool of 50 candidates is created from the applicants who apply for the Grand Jury. After these 50 candidates are interviewed, a list of 30 names is selected from which 19 names are drawn at random by the Clerk to serve as members of the next Grand Jury. The Civil Grand Jury has an important function in our county, both as an arm of the court and as a watchdog of county government. Other responsibilities of the Grand Jury are set forth in the California Penal Code. Considering these duties and responsibilities, it is of the utmost importance that well-qualified persons are selected to serve.

The selected individuals will comprise the jury to be seated on or about July 1, of each calendar year.

Under the procedure established by the Nevada County Superior Court judges, each judge serves as the overseer of the Grand Jury on a rotation basis. This year's jury is under the guidance of  Judge Thomas M Anderson.

If you have further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.