The deadline to volunteer for the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury has been extended two weeks until March 28 to give judges more time to find residents committed to upholding the efficiency and integrity of local government.

Nineteen jurors and 11 alternates are needed. To qualify, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years old who has lived in the county for a year and doesn't have a criminal record.

The civil grand jury is empowered to inspect and audit the books, records and financial expenditures of all aspects of county and city government, as well as special districts and school districts. It also has the power to inspect jails and juvenile detention facilities.

Recent panels have issued reports evaluating oversight of food truck operations and farmers markets, law enforcement public complaint procedures and school district pay practices.

The one-year terms will begin June 19. Volunteers can expect to put in 20 to 25 hours a week.

All qualified applicants are interviewed and ranked by local judges. The top 30 ranked candidates must attend an empanelment ceremony, where their names will be drawn at random.

The ceremony will be held 4 p.m. June 19 in Dept. 17 of the old courthouse at 161 North First St. in San Jose. Candidates must be present at the ceremony to qualify for the panel.

Anyone interested in applying can contact Tamara Davis at (408) 882-2721, email CGJ@scscourt.org or go to www.scscourt.org and click on Civil Grand Jury to obtain an application online.