gavel.jpgSan Francisco Superior Court officials are encouraging residents to volunteer to serve on the city’s civil grand jury.

Court officials are seeking people from various backgrounds to sign up for the 2012-13 civil grand jury, a 19-member citizen watchdog group with the authority to investigate local government operations and make recommendations for improvements.

“We want the members of the civil grand jury to represent the diversity that makes our city so unique and culturally dynamic,” Judge Charlotte Walter Woolard, chair of the court’s Civil Grand Jury Committee, said in a statement.

Members of the civil grand jury serve for a year, and must be an adult and U.S. citizen with a working knowledge of the English language.

Last year’s civil grand jury addressed topics including the city’s Central Subway project and hiring practices.

Court officials are holding a news conference at 12:15 p.m. today at the Civic Center Courthouse at 400 McAllister St. to discuss their recruiting efforts.

More information about the civil grand jury and instructions on how to apply can be found at The deadline for applications is April 15.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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