Grand Jury

Foreperson
Placer County Grand Jury
11532 B Avenue
Auburn, CA 95603

Phone: (530) 886-5200

Fax (530) 886-5201

grandjury@placer.ca.gov

Grand Jury Reports

To view Placer County Grand Jury Reports and Resolutions click here.

What Is a Grand Jury?

The Grand Jury is an investigatory body made up of citizens with the authority to act as a watchdog on local government, investigate citizen complaints, and assist in criminal matters at the request of the district attorney. The Grand Jury is part of the county judicial system as authorized by the California State Constitution. It is advised by the Superior Court, but is not accountable to elected officials or government employees. Grand jurors are sworn to secrecy and, other than final reports, their work is kept strictly confidential.

For additional information about the Grand Jury please use the links below.
Grand Jury Reports & Resolutions
Grand Jury Application
Grand Jury FAQ

What complaints does a grand jury investigate?

Any private citizen, city or county official or employee may ask the Grand Jury to investigate a complaint about an agency within the Grand Jury’s jurisdiction. All complaints must be submitted in writing. The Grand Jury complaint form is available through the office of the Superior Court Executive or from the Grand Jury. It is also available here:

All Grand Jury investigations of complaints are confidential. The Grand Jury may only act on requests that concern an agency or individual that it is empowered to investigate. For example, the Grand Jury is not empowered to investigate a private organization or company. In addition, the Grand Jury would investigate cases where agencies or officers have acted improperly and not cases where someone may disagree with agency or officer actions or decisions.

what are the grand jury's responsibilities?

The Civil Function
In its function as a watchdog on city and county government and special districts within the county, the Grand Jury examines several aspects of local government. It has the authority to ascertain how public funds are spent and how spending is documented, examine the condition of jails and other detention centers, examine charges of willful misconduct in office and investigate that type of misconduct. In its final reports, the Grand Jury also recommends ways to increase efficiency, improve services to the public and save taxpayer dollars. The Grand Jury may also commend well-managed departments.

The Criminal Function
The Grand Jury is asked to perform its criminal function infrequently in Placer County. The district attorney may ask the Grand Jury to determine whether there is enough evidence to show an individual may have committed a felony crime. A Grand Jury indictment is not a finding of legal guilt or innocence. Criminal inquiries are conducted in the strictest secrecy, as are all Grand Jury hearings.

who can become a grand juror?

Citizens may apply to be grand jurors or they may be nominated by a Superior Court Judge. The Superior Court advertises in the spring of each year for grand jury applicants. All citizens wishing to serve on the Grand Jury complete a written questionnaire. They are interviewed by the presiding Superior Court Judge and the Superior Court Executive Officer. All applicants are given equal consideration. The Grand Jury consists of 19 jurors, most of whom are chosen by lot, but typically each year some jurors remain as holdovers. Several alternate jurors are also chosen by lot. Grand jurors are sworn in by a Superior Court Judge for a term of one year beginning July 1 and ending June 30 of the following year.

Grand Jury Application
Grand Jury FAQ

Qualifications for Grand Jury Service

Serving on the Placer County Grand Jury is a substantial public service. The Placer County Superior Court welcomes applications from potential grand jurors.

A grand juror must:

  • Be 18 years of age;
  • Be a citizen of the United States who has resided in Placer County for one year immediately prior to becoming a grand juror;
  • Have a command of the English language;
  • Must be able to devote 40-50 hours per month in Grand Jury Service.
  • Must be computer literate (familiar with Word and e-mail programs)
  • Must be able to attend meetings in Auburn (minimum of 1 full panel and 3 committee meetings twice monthly).
  • Must be available for two-day California Grand Jury Association training in Sacramento in mid or late July.

A grand juror must not:

  • Have been convicted of a felony;
  • Have been discharged as a grand juror in any court of this state within one year;
  • Be serving as an elected official.

In addition, applicant should be:

  • Should be willing to take a leadership position in at least one committee. (The Grand Jury conducts its business in eight committees. Examples are: schools, criminal justice and cities).
  • Are encouraged to attend a “Meet and Greet” for additional grand jury information. (These are held in Roseville and Auburn in April.)

 

Links to further information about grand juries:

The California Grand Jury Association
The Placer County Grand Jurors' Association (PCGJA)
Information on Federal Grand Juries
Behind the Locked Door of an American Grand Jury: Its History, Its Secrecy and Its Process
Complete Text of Fifth Amendment


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