Previous Grand Jury reports and responses:
|2009 - 2010 Grand Jury Final Report|
|2008 - 2009 Grand Jury Final Report|
|2005 - 2006 Grand Jury Report|
|2004 - 2005 Grand Jury Report|
|2003 - 2004 Grand Jury Reports|
|2002 - 2003 Grand Jury Final Report|
|2001 - 2002 Grand Jury Final Report|
|2000 - 2001 Grand Jury Final Report|
|1998 - 1999 Grand Jury Final Report|
Grand Jury Complaint Instructions
Grand Jury Complaint Form
IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT THE TRINITY COUNTY GRAND JURY
Did You Know?....
….That your Grand Jury represents the citizens of our county? Much like at the ballot box, the voice of the people is heard loud and clear through the work of the Grand Jury each year.
….That the Grand Jury acts as the “watchdog” for local government agencies and departments? The work of the Grand Jury is designed to shed a “spotlight” on the functions of our county leaders and their employees and is never to be used as a “sledgehammer.”
….That the Grand Jury serves for one fiscal year, from June through July? Individual jurors also have the option to extend their terms for no more than one extra year, concurrently.
….That while some states have Grand Juries that are designed for criminal cases, our county's Grand Jury serves mainly as a civil investigative body, and does not often deal with criminal matters?
….That the Grand Jury is an investigative body and not a policing agency? The Grand Jury's duties are all about observing and reporting, while criminal matters are, as always, dealt with by the D.A. and local law enforcement.
….That the Grand Jury is totally independent of all other government bodies? Answering only to the judicial branch, which oversees its organizational functions, the Grand Jury is permitted exclusive access to all areas of county government.
….That the Grand Jury is not subject to the open meetings laws dictated by the Brown Act? Every internal function of the Grand Jury is held in the utmost secrecy, to ensure the right to privacy of the citizens it represents.
….That, by law, all of the Grand Jury's investigations, interviews and inquires are conducted with complete confidentiality for all parties involved? In order to protect the persons testifying, Grand Jury interviews, whenever possible, are conducted in the designated meeting room.
….That the contents of all Grand Jury interviews, including witness identities and their sources, are held in complete confidentiality? This is meant to protect the privacy of all parties involved.
….That all investigations by the Grand Jury, and any ensuing reports, must be completely evidence-based? Hearsay and other examples of insubstantial evidence is not considered by the Grand Jury.
….That at no time can fewer than two members of the Grand Jury conduct an interview or investigation? The Grand Jury always strives for the participation of as many jurors as is necessary to conduct full, substantial inquiries into governmental matters.
….That criminal investigations are normally initiated by the county's District Attorney, and not by the Grand Jury, except in rare cases? Civil matters are usually the sole domain of the Grand Jury.
….That citizens interested in filing
complaints with the Grand Jury about local government can do so
www.trinitycounty.org/ at any time (Links also available above)? Just download and print a
form from the Public Interest link, fill it out and mail it to the
Trinity County Grand Jury, PO Box ****, Weaverville, CA 96093-****.
All submissions will be acknowledged with an official letter of
….That all detention facilities in the county are subject to inspection by the Grand Jury each and every year? The state's Penal Code mandates this, and a report is filed by the Grand Jury at the end of each fiscal year as to the state of the local jail facility.
….That citizens who submit complaints to the Grand Jury are not notified at any time as to the status of their complaints? This is to ensure the confidentiality of any and all persons named in the documents.
….That reports from the Grand Jury may or may not be made public? The discretion of the Grand Jury dictates the need for the public to know the findings, if any, from all investigations.
….That the Grand Jury has the power to issue subpoenas, through the office of the District Attorney? Witnesses to be interviewed by the Grand Jury are sometimes summoned through this method.
….That all persons, including members of the Grand Jury themselves, are subject to fines for violating any aspect of the confidentiality rules that bind them? This applies also to citizens who are interviewed by the Grand Jury, and are advised of this fact upon their meeting with jurors.
….That any person summoned to a Grand Jury interview is required only to inform their employers of that fact? No other information pertaining to the Grand Jury meeting should be released by the witness to anyone.
….That the Grand Jury releases a Final Report at the end of each fiscal year, to be made public to all citizens? It is a summary of all investigations and inquiries that took place the by the Grand Jury from the previous year.
….That members of the Grand Jury are entitled to mileage reimbursements and other expense allowances, much like regular jurors and county employees? As representatives of the people, the Grand Jury's basic expenses are met during the course of their duties.
….That witnesses who testify before the Grand
Jury are read their rights, which now include the freedom of having
an attorney present? However, lawyers are asked to refrain from
communicating with the Grand Jury at all times.
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