County's First Civil Grand Jury Is Selected

From Times Staff Reports

Using a computerized lottery system, Los Angeles County this week chose its first civil grand jury.

The 23 grand jurors and four alternates were chosen Wednesday in Superior Court, said Kyle Christopherson, a court spokesman.

Because existing grand juries focused far more on criminal indictments than civil investigations, the county decided last year to split criminal and civil grand juries.

Civil grand jurors will serve from July 1 to June 30, 2002, Christopherson said.

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