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Civil Grand Jury Service Rewarding
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Dear Editor,

Each of us should be thankful for the thousands of citizens who willingly give their time and energy to make our county a better place to live. Through fraternal, religious, business and social groups, countless hours are donated to make our society better. But, there is still room for other volunteers to get involved.

The Superior Court of San Joaquin County is now accepting applications to serve on the 2014-15 civil grand jury. As a former grand juror, I urge individuals who are interested in local government to apply. The year-long commitment is both educational and demanding. You will be exposed to a wide variety of governmental issues. But, the satisfaction from such civic involvement is beyond rewarding.

Nineteen citizens from all walks of life are randomly selected from a pool of volunteers to form the grand jury each year. Working together, they establish committees, conduct investigations and submit reports to the Superior Court regarding effectiveness and efficiencies in government.

I didn’t know very much about the grand jury before I volunteered. Once selected, I discovered how vital it is to have everyday citizens actively involved. The jury asks insightful questions, provides new perspective and submits beneficial suggestions to cause meaningful change.

Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” I highly recommend anyone with an interest in local government to apply for service on the grand jury.

John D. Britto,