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The Penal Code requires the Grand Jury to inquire into the willful or corrupt misconduct in office of public officers.
Each year the Grand Jury receives numerous communications from citizens, civic groups, and county/city officials and employees
alleging inefficiencies and misconduct in government. Complaints received by the Grand Jury are investigated for their validity.
If it is determined that the situation warrants further investigation and the complaint falls within the Grand Jury's investigative
authority the complaint will be assigned to a committee. Situations that the Grand Jury might investigate include:
If appropriate, the Grand Jury may include the results of the investigation in a
More information on Grand Jury Reports.
The Grand Jury has the authority to investigate the officers, departments or functions of
the County and special districts as well as any incorporated city or joint powers
agency. Investigations may include examining the operations, accounts, and records
of these entities. The Grand Jury has no jurisdiction over Federal or State agencies
or Superior Court.
All complaints are kept confidential. Grand Jury investigations and interviews are
protected by law. The Grand Jury's records may not be inspected nor subpoenaed.
Any citizen, county/city official, or county/city employee may submit a complaint
to the Grand Jury. Complaints may be submitted in writing and include specific
information, allegations, and documentation. Anonymous complaints may not be investigated.
If you know of a situation in Kern County that needs to be investigated by the Grand
Jury, you may submit a complaint by:
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