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In California, 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. The reports published by the grand jury are how the results of investigations are reported to the public.

Click Placer County Grand Jury Reports to view the past reports.

In Placer County, the grand jury term runs from July 1 to June 30.


The Civil Function
In its function as a watchdog on city and county governments 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, it is required to examine the condition of jails and other detention centers, it may examine charges of willful misconduct in office and investigate that type of misconduct. In its final reports, the grand jury also may recommend 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.


The reports published by the grand jury are the only method by which the results of grand jury investigations and inspections are reported to the public. A final report is published at the end of the term of a sitting grand jury. It is a compendium of the individual reports of investigations conducted during the term. Individual reports may be published prior to the end of the term.

The grand jury also publishes the responses to the grand jury reports. When a grand jury publishes a report, it may or may not require a response from the subject of the investigation. These responses are required by California Penal code and are published and released publicly. Responses to reports are found in the same section as each term’s final report.

Click Placer County Grand Jury Reports to view past reports.


Any private citizen, city or county official or employee may ask the grand jury to investigate a complaint about an agency or person within the grand jury’s jurisdiction. All grand jury investigations of complaints are confidential. The grand jury may only act on requests that concern a county or city agency or individual that it is empowered to investigate.

The grand jury would investigate cases where agencies or officers have acted improperly, but not cases where someone may disagree with agency or officer actions or decisions. The grand jury is not empowered to investigate a private organization or company, or issues that are determined by policy rather than code. For example, hiring decisions in a county office, curriculum choices of a school district or enforcement priorities of law enforcement would be outside the grand jury’s jurisdiction.


Important Things To Know Before Filing A Complaint

  • All complaints must be submitted on-line or in writing.
  • The grand jury is not required to investigate all complaints received.
  • The grand jury does not have jurisdiction over judicial performance, actions of the Superior Court or cases that are pending in the Superior Court. Grievances of this nature must be resolved through the established judicial system.
  • The grand jury does not have jurisdiction over any issue that is currently in litigation.
  • The grand jury does not have jurisdiction or authority to investigate federal or state agencies or any agency or organization outside Placer County.
  • When a complaint is submitted to the grand jury, you will receive notification that it has been received but no further communication may be provided regarding the acceptance or rejection of your complaint.
  • You may be asked for additional information or asked to be interviewed in person. Under no circumstances will your identity be made known to the agency or individuals identified in this complaint.

File a Complaint

  • You may submit a complaint directly to the grand jury on-line.
  • Confidential Citizen Complaint (submit online)

  • You may download and print a blank form to fill out and mail to the address in Grand Jury Contact Information. You may also fill this form out on-line, print it and mail it.
  • Confidential Citizen Complaint (print and mail)

  • The grand jury complaint form is also available in hard copy form through the Executive Office of the Superior Court, 10820 Justice Center Dr., Roseville, most public libraries and many county offices, and can be completed and mailed directly to the grand jury at the address below or dropped off at the grand jury complaint box at the address listed under Grand Jury Contact Information.


Placer County Grand jury
11532 B Avenue
Auburn, CA 95603

Phone: (530) 886-5200
Fax: (530) 886-5201


Any citizen who is a resident of Placer County may apply to be a grand juror 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 must complete a written questionnaire. Qualified applicants are interviewed by the Presiding and Advising Superior Court Judges and the current grand jury foreperson. 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. Alternate jurors are also chosen by lot. Grand jurors are sworn in by the Superior Court Judge for a term of one year beginning July 1 and ending June 30 of the following year.

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

To be considered for grand jury service, you must meet the requirements outlined in California Penal Code Part 2 Title 4 Chapter 2 Section 893:

  1. You must be a citizen of the United States.
  2. You must have been a resident of Placer County for one year immediately before being selected.
  3. You must 18 years of age or older.
  4. You must be in possession of your natural faculties, be of ordinary intelligence, be of sound judgment, and of fair character.
  5. You must possess sufficient knowledge of the English language.

You may not serve as a grand juror if:

  1. You are serving as a trial juror in any court of this state.
  2. You have been discharged as a grand juror in any court of this state within one year.
  3. You have been convicted of malfeasance in office or any felony or other high crime.
  4. You are serving as an elected public officer.

To be successful as a grand juror:

  • You must be able to devote 40-50 hours per month in grand jury service.
  • You must be able to attend meetings in Auburn. This consists of a minimum of 1 full panel (3 hours) and 3 committee meetings (1 hour each) twice monthly. Other time spent on meetings, writing and research is also required.
  • You must be computer literate. You must be able to use Microsoft Outlook for email, an internet browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Google Chrome for research and be able to write and edit documents with Microsoft Word. The ability to use Microsoft Excel or Adobe Acrobat Pro is also helpful.
  • You must be available for two days of training provided by the California Grand Jury Association, held in mid- or late-July.
  • You should be willing to take a leadership position in at least one committee. The grand jury conducts its business in committees. See Grand Jury FAQs for a list of committees.

If you would like to be considered for the Placer County Grand Jury, please complete the application.
Grand Jury Application


The California Grand Jurors' Association
The Placer County Grand Jurors' Association (PCGJA)

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