What Qualifies Me? What Disqualifies Me?
To qualify to serve on the Civil Grand Jury, you must meet the following requirements as outlined in Penal Code §893:
  • Be a citizen of the United States of the age of 18 years or older who shall have been a resident of the State and of the County for one year immediately before being selected.
  • Possess natural faculties of ordinary intelligence, of sound judgment, and of fair character.
  • Possess sufficient knowledge of the English language.
A person is not legally qualified to serve on the Grand Jury, if any of following apply:
  • The person is serving as a trial juror in any court of this State.
  • The person has been discharged as a Grand Juror in any court of this State within one year.
  • The person has been convicted of malfeasance in office or any felony or other high crime.
  • The person is serving as an elected public officer.


Service on the Civil Grand Jury is a voluntary commitment. The Civil Grand Jury forms committees and sets its own schedule for interviews, investigations and meetings. Persons selected for service should plan to commit to a minimum of 15-20 hours per week for a period of one year (January-December). However, based on each individual’s availability, it is not uncommon for some members to work in excess of this estimated time.

Citizens of Monterey County who are interested, qualified, and able to commit a portion of their time each week for a year are encouraged to submit this Application to Serve to be considered for nomination to the Civil Grand Jury.


Rewards for Civil Grand Jury service come from increased knowledge of local government and the satisfaction of making a worthwhile contribution to the improvement of government operations.

Click here to view the Civil Grand Jury Informational Brochure

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