As an investigatory body, the responsibilities of a juror are many and diverse. However, there are three predominant functions:
CIVIL WATCHDOG RESPONSIBILITIES
The Grand Jury may examine all aspects of county and city government and special districts to ensure that the best interest of Sutter County citizens is being served. The Grand Jury reviews and evaluates procedures, methods, and systems utilized by county government to determine whether more efficient and economical programs may be employed. Most Grand Jury "watchdog" findings are contained in reports describing problems encountered and making recommendations for solutions.
The Grand Jury receives many letters from citizens alleging mistreatment by officials, suspicions of misconduct, or governmental inefficiencies. Complaints received from citizens are acknowledged and investigated confidentially for their validity. If the situation warrants, and corrective action is under the jurisdiction of the Grand Jury, appropriate action is taken.
Under certain circumstances the Grand Jury holds hearings to determine whether evidence presented by the district attorney is of sufficient nature to warrant persons having to stand trial in court.