Apply for the SF Civil Grand Jury

The San Francisco Superior Court is currently accepting applications for members of the Civil Grand Jury. The Civil Grand Jury investigates the operations of the City & County’s officers, departments, and agencies.

Each Grand Jury chooses its own methodology as well as the areas that they investigate. During investigations, jurors may inspect and audit books, records and financial expenditures; interview civil servants and others who have pertinent information; inspect government facilities, and issue reports with findings and recommendations.

After the report has been review by the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court, the reports are sent to the affected department heads that are then required by law to respond.

Here’s one example of the kinds of reports issued by the Civil Grand Jury.

Civil Grand Jury members must be able to serve for a 1 year term, from July through June, and be able to commit to 20 hours per week. Work is done both during and after regular business hours. Members will receive a $15 per diem for each meeting attended during the term. Interested volunteers must apply.

Applications may be downloaded from or you may pick one up at San Francisco Superior Court, 400 McAllister Street, Room 007.


Grand Jury eligibility includes: US citizenship; at least 18 years of age; continuous residency in the City and County of San Francisco for at least one year; not currently serving on a jury in any jurisdiction; no prior felony convictions; not currently serving as an elected public official; and ordinary intelligence, good character and a working knowledge of English. If you or anyone your know has a forum in which to post an announcement about this volunteer opportunity, please see attached letter from our Presiding Judge with text that should be included.

Contact Megan Filly, Press Secretary, San Francisco Superior Court at 415-551-5743 or

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