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The law states grand jury applicants must have the following qualifications:

  • Citizen of the United States, 18 years of age or older.
  • Resident of state and county or city and county for one year prior to being selected.
  • In possession of natural faculties, ordinary intelligence, sound judgment, fair character.
  • Possess sufficient knowledge of the English language.

Beyond the legal requirements, there are more specific qualifications which are desirable for a grand juror:

  • A general knowledge of the functions, authorities and responsibilities of the county and city governments and other civil entities.
  • Research abilities, including complex reading capabilities, background in assessing/analyzing facts and report writing.
  • Substantial background in group/committee work.
  • Good to excellent health.
  • Respect and objectivity concerning the positions and views of others.

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