Oct. 30, 2014

Grand Jury


The grand jury is a historic institution and serves an important role in our society. It is sometimes referred to as the "watchdog" of the community. It functions as an arm of the judicial branch of government and operates under the authority of the Napa Superior Court.  See an important video message from Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom.

Reports & Responses

2013-2014 2012-2013 2011-2012 2010-2011
2009-2010 2008-2009 2007-2008 2001-2007

Current Grand Jury Members

 

Matthew J. Golden (foreperson); Kirk J. Candland; John A. Crossman; Cynthia J. Deutsch; Charles T. Eckstrom; Julianna G. Hart; George W. Hoyer; Stephen W. Kelley; Warren R. Martin; Naomi Martinez; Richard G. McHale; Michael S. Murrell; Edwin Oviatt; J C Pickett; Paul J. Roberts; Patricial M. Sterling; Edward W. Thomas; Michael Wallace; Ross Workman

Demographics


Eligibility

Citizen Complaints

In the event you would like to bring an issue before the Napa County Grand Jury, please access and complete the form below and mail to the address listed on the form. Do not mail your complaint to a judicial officer.  Please note your issue or inquiry remains confidential by law.
 

Grand Jury General Contact Information

CONFIDENTIAL
Napa County Grand Jury
c/o Court Executive Office
Napa Superior Court
825 Brown Street
Napa, CA 94559

Telephone: (707) 259-8305
Fax: (707) 299-1250

Important Dates

Term of Office
July 9, 2014 – June 30, 2015
Recruitment Opens
March 1, 2014
Recruitment Closes
April 30, 2014
Informational Meetings

April 23, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.
April 24, 2014 – 5:30 p.m.

Interviews
May 2014 - Dates to be determined
Swearing In
July 9, 2014
State Training
July 21, 2014
July 22, 2014
Report Issued
Not later than June 30, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Napa County Grand Jury?
The grand jury is a historic institution and serves an important role in our society. It is sometimes referred to as the "watchdog" of the community. It functions as an arm of the judicial branch of government and operates under the authority of the Napa Superior Court. The Court is responsible for appointing 19 Napa County citizens to the grand jury each year. The term of office is July 1 to June 30.
What does the grand jury actually do?
The grand jury investigates and reports on the operations, accounts, and records of local government officers and agencies. It is a fascinating opportunity for citizens to learn about the workings of the institutions and people who govern our local affairs. Grand jurors also have the power to investigate citizen complaints about local government. The experience rewards grand jurors with the feelings that they have made their community a better place to live and have enhanced the freedoms we enjoy in this country by performing an important government service. For more information about the grand jury, click Agents of Change to view a video produced by the California Grand Jurors Association.
What are your obligations as a grand juror?
A grand juror serves for one year beginning on July 1. There is a significant time commitment that varies from year to year. The grand jury itself decides how often to meet and how much work to do. You will also decide for yourself when to meet and accomplish the work of the grand jury. No set schedule is forced upon you. If you are unable to continue serving for the entire year, an alternate will be appointed to replace you. The law requires each grand jury to inquire into the condition and management of the public prisons within the county and to investigate and report on the operations, accounts, and records of the officers, department, or functions of the county on a selective basis. The grand jury also has the authority to review the operations of many other local government agencies, such as cities and special districts. The grand jury decides which agencies to review each year. Grand jury meetings are confidential and cannot be discussed publicly. The Fair Political Practices Commission requires that all grand jurors file a Statement of Economic Interests Form 700.
Is any training provided?
Yes. Napa County provides training to all grand jurors. Training is currently being provided by the California State Grand Jurors Association and usually lasts two days. Support is also given to the grand jury throughout the year by the county, the Court, county counsel, and the district attorney.
Is any compensation provided?
Yes. Although primarily a civic responsibility, a grand juror is paid $15 and is given a mileage reimbursement for each general meeting that he/she attends. Other support services are also provided by the Court and county.
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