2009 California Penal Code - Section 903.1-903.4 :: Article 3. Jury Commissioners

PENAL CODE
SECTION 903.1-903.4

903.1.  Pursuant to written rules or instructions adopted by a
majority of the judges of the superior court of the county, the jury
commissioner shall furnish the judges of the court annually a list of
persons qualified to serve as grand jurors during the ensuing fiscal
year of the county, or until a new list of jurors is required. From
time to time, a majority of the judges of the superior court may
adopt such rules or instructions as may be necessary for the guidance
of the jury commissioner, who shall at all times be under the
supervision and control of the judges of the court. Any list of
jurors prepared pursuant to this article must, however, meet the
requirements of Section 899.

903.2.  The jury commissioner shall diligently inquire and inform
himself or herself in respect to the qualifications of persons
resident in his or her county who may be liable to be summoned for
grand jury duty. He or she may require a person to answer, under oath
to be administered by him or her, all questions as he or she may
address to that person, touching his or her name, age, residence,
occupation, and qualifications as a grand juror, and also all
questions as to similar matters concerning other persons of whose
qualifications for grand jury duty he or she has knowledge.
   The commissioner and his or her assistants, referred to in
Sections 69895 and 69896 of the Government Code, shall have the power
to administer oaths and shall be allowed actual traveling expenses
incurred in the performance of their duties. Those traveling expenses
shall be audited, allowed, and paid out of the general fund of the
county.

903.3.  Pursuant to the rules or instructions adopted by a majority
of the judges of the superior court, the jury commissioner shall
return to the judges the list of persons recommended by him for grand
jury duty. The judges of the superior court shall examine the jury
list so returned and from such list a majority of the judges may
select, to serve as grand jurors in the superior court of the county
during the ensuing year or until a new list of jurors is required,
such persons as, in their opinion, should be selected for grand jury
duty. The persons so selected shall, in the opinion of the judges
selecting them, be persons suitable and competent to serve as jurors,
as required by law.

903.4.  The judges are not required to select any names from the
list returned by the jury commissioner, but may, if in their
judgement the due administration of justice requires, make all or any
selections from among the body of persons in the county suitable and
competent to serve as grand jurors regardless of the list returned
by the jury commissioner.


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