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Grand Jury

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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.

For additional information, contact:
Madera Superior Court, Jury Operations
200 South "G" Street
Madera CA 93637
(559) 416-5570

What Is the Grand Jury?

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. The Grand Jury’s principal purpose is to guard the public interest. It gives citizens of Madera County a means to participate in the affairs of their local government.

The Final Report

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.

Outside Legal Requirements

There are more specific qualifications which are desirable for a grand juror.

  • A general knowledge of the functions, authorities and responsibilities of the county and city governments and other civil entities.
  • Research abilities, including complex reading capabilities, background in assessing/analyzing facts and report writing.
  • Substantial background in group/committee work.
  • Good to excellent health.
  • Respect and objectivity concerning the positions and views of others.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

The selection process aims at forming a Grand Jury that is widely representative of the citizens of Madera County. The statutory requirements are that each Grand Juror:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Reside in Madera County for at least one year before being selected;
  • Have ordinary intelligence and good character;
  • Possess a working knowledge of the English language;
  • Not be presently serving as a trial juror;
  • Not have been convicted of a felony or malfeasance in office;
  • Not have been a Grand Juror within one year of being selected (although for ease of transition from one year to the next, jurors may be held over for a second year at the discretion of the court);
  • Not be presently serving as an elected official

Grand Jury Questionnaire