The principal purpose of the Grand Jury is to guard the public interest, giving citizens of Madera County a means to participate in the affairs of their local government.
California’s Constitution and laws require the appointment every year of a Grand Jury for each county. In Madera County the court appoints nineteen jurors. They are an official body of the Court with independent authority that is not answerable to administrators or legislators.
In July of each year the Grand Jury is impaneled by a random drawing to complete the nineteen (19) member Grand Jury for Madera County. Grand Jurors generally serve for one year, July through June (fiscal year). The law provides for holdovers for a second year to assure a smooth transition.
A Final Report is prepared at the end of the Grand Jury’s term that contains summaries of investigations and the Grand Jury’s recommendations. Copies of the Final Report are distributed to the public officials, county libraries and the news media and are available at no charge to the general population. The county Board of Supervisors must respond to each of the Grand Jury’s recommendations within 90 days.
More detailed information on the Madera County Grand Jury can be found at the Superior Court of California, County of Madera website at: http://madera.courts.ca.gov/MaderaJuryGrandJury.htm