Santa Ana- The Orange County Superior Court received 238 applications from prospective jurors to serve on the 2007-2008 Orange County Grand Jury. The average age of the applicants is 66 years old.
Approximately 14% of the applicants are minorities: 11 Latinos, seven Asians, five African Americans, two Filipinos, three Native-American Indians, and five who identified themselves as other than Caucasian. The number of female applicants is 73.
The Court and the Grand Jury Recruitment Committee aggressively canvassed Orange County citizens to serve on the 2007-2008 Grand Jury: 5,000 applications were mailed to prospective applicants, flyers were distributed to 1,000 companies and 93 minority organizations. The Court appreciates the work of the members of the current Grand Jury, judges, local public officials and the media for helping to inform the community about the grand jury selection process.
An orientation for grand juror applicants is scheduled for Thursday, January 25 at 5:00 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Jury Assembly Room, 700 Civic Center Drive, West, Santa Ana. Following the orientation, the first step in the selection process will begin. Each qualifying applicant will be interviewed by two Superior Court judges and background investigations will be conducted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Judges of the Superior Court will then submit the nomination of qualified applicants into a random drawing from which 19 individuals will be selected to serve on the Grand Jury.
Court Release #002-07