Members of Riverside County’s newly convened civil Grand Jury are in training and will likely begin their work in the coming weeks, Superior Court officials announced Monday.
The 19-member grand jury was impaneled at the start of the month, and training sessions got underway Thursday, according to the Superior Court Executive Office.
The previous civil grand jury’s term ended on June 30.
Jurors are tasked with conducting independent inquiries based on their own initiative or citizen complaints about government agencies. In the past, juries have scrutinized multiple county departments, as well the Board of Supervisors’ offices. Several investigations have led to policy changes.
Jurors do not conduct criminal investigations.
Applicants must pass a background check, and those prospects who qualify are ultimately interviewed by members of a selection committee as part of the vetting process.
All areas of the county are generally represented based on the makeup of the panel.
Jurors are not salaried but do receive a small per diem payment to cover expenses. There is also compensation for travel.
The grand jury can be contacted via the following portal: www.riverside.courts.ca.gov/Divisions/GrandJury/grand-jury.php.
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