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FY 2014/2015


The Superior Court of California for San Benito County is now accepting applications for the 2014/2015 Civil Grand Jury. 


California Penal Code section 893(a) states that a person is competent to act as a grand juror if that person possesses each of the following qualifications:

  • Be "a citizen of the United States"

  • Be "of the age of 18 years or older"

  • Have been a resident of San Benito County for One (1) year immediately before being selected

  • Be in possession of "natural faculties, of ordinary intelligence, of sound judgment, and of fair character"

  • Be "possessed of sufficient knowledge of the English language."

 California Penal Code section 893(b) states that a person is not competent to act as a grand juror if any of the 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" of being selected (although for ease of transition from one year to the next, jurors may be held over for a second year at the discretion of the Court)

  • "The person has been convicted of malfeasance in office or any felony or other high crime"; or

  • "The person is serving as an elected public officer."

Grand Jurors are selected by lot after a screening process by the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court.  Selected Grand Jurors will serve a term of one year, beginning July 1, 2014 through June 30,2015.


An application form for the San Benito County Civil Grand Jury is available from this web page but can also be picked up at 450 Fourth Street, Hollister, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Applications are also available via mail by contacting Maria Alfaro at (831) 636-4057, extension. 240.  Completed application forms can be mailed or hand delivered to:



Office of the Jury Commissioner

Superior Court of California, San Benito County

450 Fourth Street

Hollister, CA  95023


Grand Jury Application/Questionnaire