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Notice to Respondents

Response Requirements

Effective January 1, 1997, there was an extensive change in the law affecting respondents and responses to Grand Jury findings and recommendations. The legal requirements are contained in California Penal Code, Section 933.05. The full text of the law is printed below.

Each Respondent should become familiar with these legal requirements and, if in doubt, should consult legal counsel prior to responding.

How To Respond To Findings

For the assistance of all Respondents, Penal Code Section 933.05 is summarized as follows:

The responding person or entity must respond in one of two (2) ways:

How To Report Action In Response To Recommendations

Recommendations by the Grand Jury require action.  The responding person or entity must report action on all recommendations in one of four (4) ways: 

Budgetary or Personnel Recommendations

If either a finding or recommendation deals with budgetary or personnel matters of a County department headed by an elected officer, both the elected officer and the Board of Supervisors shall respond if the Grand Jury so requests.  While the Board of Supervisorsí response is somewhat limited, the response by the department head must address all aspects of the findings or recommendations.

 Advance Release Of Grand Jury Report Disclosure Prohibited Prior To Public Release

Two working days prior to release of the Final Report, the Grand Jury will provide a copy of the portion of the report to all affected agencies or persons.  No officer, agency, department, or governing body of a public agency shall disclose the contents of the report prior to its public release. 

Time To Respond, Where And To Whom To Respond

Depending on the type of Respondent, Penal Code Section 933.05 provides for two different response times and to whom you must respond: