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The Civil Grand Jury (Jury) is comprised of 19 members who serve for one year, from July 1 through June 30 of the following year. State law requires that applicants be a United States citizen, 18 years of age or older, of ordinary intelligence and good character, a resident of El Dorado County for at least 1 year with a working knowledge of the English language.
California state law requires that all 58 counties impanel a Jury to serve during each fiscal year. (Penal Code Section 905, California Constitution, Article I, Section 23.)
The Jury is an investigatory body created for the protection of society and the enforcement of the law. It is an arm of the Court and a representative of the public. Although it is an arm of the Court, it operates independently of direct Court supervision. It is a check against governmental authority. It is not a branch of the County, nor is it answerable to the District Attorney.
The function of the Civil Grand Jury is to investigate the operations of El Dorado County departments and agencies, city governments, school districts and special districts. The Jury determines which issues will be investigated during its term of office.
Written complaints can also be submitted for investigation by private residents. Investigations are at the discretion of the Jury. The Civil Grand Jury cannot investigate disputes between private parties, or activities outside their jurisdiction.