Civil Grand Jury

The Civil Grand Jury scrutinizes the conduct of public business of County government. Its function is to investigate the operations of the various officers, departments and agencies of the government of the City and County of San Francisco. Each Civil Grand Jury determines which officers, departments and agencies it will investigate during its term of office.

What Is The Grand Jury?
The Civil Grand Jury is comprised of 19 members who serve for a period of one year, from July through June 30 the following year, and are selected at random from a pool of 30 prospective grand jurors. During the term, grand jurors serve a minimum of approximately 500 hours. MORE »
How does it work?
Each jury determines which issues related to the governance of San Francisco City & County it wishes to investigate. Juries are free to choose their methodology. In recent years the usual practice has been to divide into committees, which then select the county's officers, departments or agencies they will investigate. State law authorizes civil grand juries, as representatives of the local citizenry, to review and evaluate the effectiveness and cost/benefit of procedures, methods and systems.
What Does The Grand Jury Do?
During their investigations, jurors may inspect and audit books, records and financial expenditures; interview civil servants and others who may have pertinent information; inspect government facilities, and then issue reports with findings and recommendations. After the Presiding Judge reviews these reports to make certain they meet legal requirements, they are sent to the appropriate department heads, who are required by law to respond. When they agree, they must specify how and when they will implement the recommended changes; if they disagree, they must explain their reasons. The jury then releases the reports to the public via the media and the Board of Supervisors, which generally holds public hearings on each year's reports.
When Does the Civil Grand Jury Meet?
The jury typically meets weekly on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30. Meetings take place at the Civic Center Courthouse located at 400 McAllister St., San Francisco. Most committee work takes place during regular working hours.
What are the Eligibility Requirements?
Grand Jury eligibility includes: US citizenship, minimum age of 18, residency in the City & County for at least one year, ordinary intelligence, good character and a working knowledge of English. (Persons are ineligible to serve if they have been discharged from the grand jury within one year, are currently serving on a trial jury, are elected public officials, or have been convicted of a felony.) Jurors must by law disclose all investments and business positions in and/or income from any entity that has conducted business within the City & County in the previous two years, as well as income from all employees of the City and County and all interests in real property. These become matters of public record.
Register a Complaint or Concern with the Grand Jury?
All communications with the Civil Grand Jury are completely confidential, as are all its investigations. The Civil Grand Jury is charged by Superior Court with investigating the operations of the various officers, departments, bureaus and agencies of the government of the City and County of San Francisco. To register a complaint, complete the form and mail or FAX it to the Grand Jury Office. The form is available as a PDF or Word document. MORE »

2011 - 2012 Civil grand jury REPORTS

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