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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
We all know that California is a special place. One of our unique qualities is our county grand jury system. Sometimes called the "civil" grand jury, it operates as an arm of the Superior Court and provides an opportunity for self-governance.
Every year, in each of California's 58 counties, a group of ordinary citizens takes an oath to serve as a "watchdog" over local government. This body of equals is primarily concerned with matters of governmental effectiveness and efficiency. It may examine county and city government, school districts, joint powers agencies, special districts, housing authorities, redevelopment agencies, and some nonprofit organizations to ensure that the best interests of the citizenry are served.
The grand jury may also inquire into written complaints brought to it by the public, concerns of the jurors themselves, or, with the Presiding Judge's approval, continue an investigation begun by the preceding year's grand jury.