By OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer
(Portions courtesy of the Orange County Superior Court)
The Orange County Superior Court is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Orange County Grand Jury. A new 19-member Grand Jury will be empaneled for a one-year term that begins July 1.
As mandated by the California Constitution, the Grand Jury has three basic functions: weighing criminal charges and determining whether indictments should be returned; weighing any allegations of misconduct against public officials to determine whether to present formal accusations requesting their removal from office; and acting as the public’s “watchdog” by investigating and reporting on the affairs of local government. Most of the Grand Jury panel’s time is spent performing civil oversight of local government by reviewing and evaluating county and city agencies, schools, and special districts within the county. Read more…