The Placer County Grand Jury
Q. Would I be an effective Grand Juror?
A. Yes if you can listen and be objective and work with 18 others toward a common goal. A good Grand Juror is eager to learn about local governments and agencies, and is committed to public service.
Q. What type of work will I perform?
A. Investigate cases assigned to the committees where you serve. Most of the cases will be intended to improve the efficiency or service of local government, or perhaps save taxpayer dollars. Occasionally, there will be an opportunity to serve during a criminal investigation.
Q. What are the Grand Jury committees?
A. There are a total of eight committees, listed below. You would be assigned to serve on a few of these committees, based on your experience and interest.
Q. Will I need any special knowledge or skills?
A. You will need basic PC and Internet / email skills, and will be expected to write reports on your committee findings.
Q. How much time will it take to serve on the Grand Jury?
A. The term of the Grand Jury is one year, from July 1 through June 30 of the following year. Typically, you can expect to spend 40-50 hours per month, plus travel time, on jury business. During a typical month, you would be expected to attend 2 full panel meetings and committee meetings and/or field trips. Additional committee meetings or field trips may be scheduled, depending on committee investigations. It is possible to schedule time off for vacations or limited emergencies.
Q. Would I be paid?
A. Yes, you will be paid $25 for each full panel meeting and $10 for each committee meeting. You will also be reimbursed for travel mileage based on the current government rate.
Q. Can I discuss what I do with anyone not on the Grand Jury?
A. No, all the work you do is confidential until the Grand Jury’s final report is printed in June, at the end of your term.
Grand Jury Committees
- Audit and Finance – Reviews the financial operations of city and county governments and agencies.
- Cities – Examines matters concerning the six incorporated towns or cities within Placer County, Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Loomis, Rocklin, and Roseville.
- County Administration – Examines matters concerning the county and its departments and agencies
- Continuity/Editorial - Ensures communication of information from one Grand Jury to the next, is responsible for publishing a summary of the responses to the prior Grand Jury’s reports, and for preparing and publishing the current Grand Jury final report.
- Criminal Justice – Responsible for monitoring matters involving city and county law enforcement, criminal and juvenile justice systems, and personnel. Routinely inspects all jail and detention facilities in the county and cities.
- Health and Welfare – Responsible for matters concerning physical and mental health services provided by local government, as well as social services in the cities and the county; also inspects the county juvenile detention center.
- Schools and Libraries – Reviews matters concerning schools and school districts, libraries and the County Office of Education. (The Grand Jury does not examine school curricula.)
- Special Districts – Examines matters concerning special districts within the county and cities, including fire, water, recreational, and Community Service Areas, and other districts.