Sacramento County Grand Jury Complaint Process

General Information

A major function of the Sacramento County Grand Jury is to examine local county and city government, special districts, school districts, and any joint powers agency located in the county to ensure their duties are being carried out lawfully.

The Grand Jury:

  • May review and evaluate procedures used by these entities to determine whether more efficient and economical methods may be employed;
  • May inspect an audit the books, records and financial expenditures as noted above to ensure that public funds are properly accounted for and legally spent;
  • May investigate any charges of willful misconduct in office by public officials;
  • Shall inquire into the condition and management of the public prisons within the county.

Anyone may ask the Grand Jury to conduct an investigation of any issue within its jurisdiction. Whether it chooses to investigate such a complaint is entirely in its discretion and may be affected by workload, resource limitations or legal restrictions.

By law, the proceedings of the Grand Jury are confidential. The findings and recommendations of those complaints and issues it chooses to address are published in its final report.

Complaint Process

  • Present your complaint as soon as possible. The Grand Jury’s term of service begins July 1st and ends June 30th of the following year.
  • Identify your specific concern and describe the circumstances as clearly and concisely as possible.
  • Document your complaint with copies of pertinent information and evidence in your possession.

Grand Jury Complaint Form

Mail or deliver your complaint in a sealed envelope to:

Sacramento County Grand Jury
720 9th Street
Jury Commissioner’s Office, Room 219
Sacramento, CA 95814

Among the responsibilities of the Grand Jury is the investigation of the public’s complaints to assure that all branches of city and county government are being administered efficiently, honestly and in the best interest of its citizens.

Complaints submitted to the Grand Jury will be treated confidentially whenever possible. However, it may be impossible to conduct an investigation without revealing your name and complaint.

The results of the complaints investigated by the Grand Jury are published in its final report in which the residents of the county are made aware of its investigations, findings and recommendations, and the entities reported on are required by statute to respond.