As a service to the Marin County Superior Court, The Marin Chapter of the California Grand Jurors’ Association’s Outreach Program is designed to educate our local residents about the value of serving on the Marin County Grand Jury. We start by making a distinction between Civil and Criminal Grand Juries. The Marin County Grand Jury deals only with civil activities related to our local governments and taxpayers dollars.

 We begin our program year in July reviewing our prior year’s efforts. In 2016-2017,  we accomplished the following:

 – Participated in the annual Senior Fair in October at the Marin Center to provide information regarding the Grand Jury process and application procedures. Many fair visitors expressed interest in applying to serve on the 2016-17 jury and were provided with the appropriate information regarding next steps.

– During January, February, and March 2016, announcements appeared in the Marin Independent Journal inviting the public to attend the following informational meetings:

       *NOVATO   Thursday, January 21, 2016 – 4pm
         Location: Margaret Todd Center, 1560 Hill Road, Novato

       *MILL VALLEY   Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – 4pm
         Location: Southern Marin Fire District, 308 Reed Blvd., Mill Valley

       *SAN RAFAEL   Wednesday, February 24, 2016 – 3pm
         Location: San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael

       *LARKSPUR   Wednesday, March 3, 2016  – 3pm
         Location: Central Marin Police Community Room, 250 Doherty, Larkspur

       *WEST MARIN Tuesday March 8, 2016 – 3:45pm
         Location: Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station 

– On March 19, 2016 and April 9th, 2016, (10am-noon) Susan Simpson and Rich Treadgold taught continuing education classes at the College of Marin titled “Be a Grand Juror.”  

Ongoing activities:

       *Developing and distributing County recruitment brochures

       *Making presentations to clubs, associations, civic organizations, businesses, and other groups telling the Marin County Grand Jury story

        *Providing newsletter articles about the Grand Jury for organizations

         •Posting Web site pages informing the public about the Marin County Grand Jury and
How To Apply for jury service.

Our new Committee Chairperson for the 2016-2017 year is Vaughan Acton. Once again, our first activity will be a booth at The Senior Fair on Wednesday October 26th 9:00AM -3:00PM at the Marin Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. More information regarding this year’s activity will follow.