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How is county government investigated by the Grand Jury?

The Civil Grand Jury is divided into committees, each of which concentrates its attention on the investigation of certain departments or functions of city or county government, to meet whatever special needs or problems may be confronting the city or county at the time of each new Civil Grand Jury's impanelment. The audit, complaints, and jails committees are considered essential by most Civil Grand Juries because of mandates to audit the county, examine complaints, and inspect the jails. An independent auditor is hired by the Civil Grand Jury to examine the financial records and the methods of operation for specific departments that are selected by the Civil Grand Jury. All committees visit various county facilities, meet with county officials and develop recommendations for improvement. All jail facilities in the county are personally inspected and many improvements have resulted from past Grand Juries' recommendations. At the end of the Grand Jury's term, a final report is prepared and printed with each committee's recommendations and sent to the County Board of Supervisors for response within ninety days. Copies of the final report are distributed to public officials, libraries, and the news media.

For Citizen Complaint Form used to request a Civil Grand Jury investigation, go to Jury Forms.
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