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What is the Grand Jury?

The California Grand Jury is unique in its function and selection process compared to other juries, including petit and trial juries and federal grand juries. Each county is required by law to impanel a body of 23 or 19 members, depending on county population, to serve for a term of one year. This body is mandated to investigate and report on both criminal and civil matters within the county...


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The application period for the 2016-2017 Grand Jury is now open! Applications must be received by January 22, 2016 for the term that begins July 1, 2016. For information about the recruitment and selection process, please click on the following:

The application form requires Adobe Reader software; click here to download a free copy. Please mail your completed application to the following address, as listed on page seven of the application form:

Mr. Alan Carlson, Chief Executive Officer Orange County Superior Court
P.O. Box 1970
Santa Ana, CA 92702-1970


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Grand Jury Reports and responses (when available) may be viewed at the link below or at the Orange County Public Law Library located in the Civic Center Plaza, building #32.

The California Penal Code is silent on the matter of providing public input to the Grand Jury. Thus, the Grand Jury is under no legal mandate to make any kind of response to...



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