Applications for the Kern County Grand Jury will be accepted now through April 12, 2013. The Kern County Grand Jury is made up of a group of 19 citizens, randomly selected from a pool of citizens who have made their interest known. Applicants are interviewed and then nominated by the Superior Court Judges of our County. Judges are very interested in obtaining a volunteer pool representative of the ethnic and cultural diversity of all communities in our County. The final selection process will be conducted in an open session of court in June, 2013.
Once selected, Grand Jurors act as an investigative body to ensure that county and city governments are efficiently operated and that public funds are effectively spent. The Grand Jury also hears evidence of public offences presented by the Kern County District Attorney's Office and, where appropriate, may issue criminal indictments. Applicants must be willing to spend approximately 20 hours a week in performing these tasks.
Candidates for the Grand Jury must be United States citizens, at least 18 years of age, have a working knowledge of the English language and have resided in the County for at least one year. Grand Jurors serve for a one year period beginning in July.
Those interested in applying for Grand Jury service may call 661- 868-4797, download an application at co.kern.ca.us/grandjury, or contact Penny Petris-Hall by standard mail at: Kern County Grand Jury, 1415 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield CA, 93301.