Grand jurors must meet the following legal qualifications:
- At least 18 years old
- Citizen of the United States
- Resident of Sierra County for one year
- In possession of natural faculties, of ordinary intelligence, of sound judgment, and of fair character
- Possess sufficient knowledge of the English language
- Not currently serving as a trial juror
- Not discharged as a grand juror within one year
- Never convicted of malfeasance in office or any felony or other high crime
- Not currently serving as an elected public officer
Responsibilities of a Grand Jury:
The grand jury investigates and reports on the operations, accounts, and records of local government officers and agencies. This allows an opportunity for citizens to learn about the workings of the institutions and people who govern our local affairs and where appropriate, to make recommendations for positive change. Grand jurors also have the power to investigate citizen complaints about local government. The experience rewards grand jurors with the understanding that they have helped make their community a better place to live, and have enhanced the freedoms we enjoy in this country by performing an important government service.
Obligations of a Grand Jury:
A grand juror serves for one year beginning on or about July 1st of each year. There is a significant time commitment that varies from year to year. The grand jury itself decides how often to meet and how much work to do. You will also decide for yourself when to meet and accomplish the work of the grand jury. No set schedule is forced upon you. If you are unable to continue serving for the entire year, an alternate will be appointed to replace you. The law requires each grand jury to inquire into the condition and management of the Jail facilities within the county and to investigate and report on the operations, accounts, and records of the offices, departments, or functions of the county, on a selective basis. The grand jury also has the authority to review the operations of many other local government agencies, such as cities and special districts. The grand jury decides which agencies to review each year. Grand jury meetings are confidential and cannot be discussed publicly. The Fair Political Practices Commission requires that all grand jurors file a Statement of Economic Interests Form 700.
Grand Jury Information Links: www.cgja.org