I agree with Sunday’s Viewpoint (Feb. 23) on the merits of the civil grand jury program. I have concerns, as someone who applied last year, with the last two steps of the multistep selection process that consisted of:
1. A written application.
2. An informational meeting and one-on-one talks with former jurors.
3. An interview with judges of the Superior Court to discuss one’s qualifications and the jury’s research and decision-making process.
4. The judges’ recommendations of those best qualified.
5. Those recommended are entered in a “lottery,” from which names are pulled for 19 jurors and three alternates.
6. All attend a ceremony to learn the lottery’s results.
7. Five of us were not chosen for any role.
What a disappointment! Those not chosen shouldn’t have to sit through a ceremony to learn their status, and then watch the others leave for formal swearing-in and a luncheon. They should be told by letter or phone.
Better yet, the lottery could choose only the 22 people needed.