GRAND JURY: How it Works, What it Does, How You Can Participate

Join your League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County on April 14, 2018 for our 2nd Saturday Program, GRAND JURY: How it Works, What it Does, How You Can Participate

The Grand Jury plays an important role in our judicial system, but many of us don’t know what it does. Current members of the Nevada County Grand Jury, and it’s presiding Judge, Thomas Anderson, will explain the task of the Grand Jury, who sits on it and how members of the community can participate.

The principal role of the Grand Jury is to investigate the operations of all county agencies, special districts, schools and other entities that receive public money. Issues examined are chosen by the jurors based on citizen initiated complaints and the will of the jurors. Deliberations of the Grand Jury are conducted in utmost secrecy and jurors are sworn to maintain confidentiality for life.

Judge Thomas Anderson, the Presiding Judge of the Nevada County Grand Jury since 2010, oversees the process of selecting  jurors, the foreperson and reports to the other judges.  He administers oaths of office, provides guidance, oversight and reviews grand jury reports prior public  release. Judge Anderson served as Nevada County Public Defender 2000 – 2007; Judge of Superior Court of California Nevada County from 2007 to present.

Thomas Achter, an eleven year resident of Nevada County, is the Foreperson of the Grand Jury. This is his third year on the GJ, twice as the Foreperson. Tom has a history of community involvement with the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce; Sweetwater Valley Little League; Kiwanis Club and USGA Tournament  Marshal.  He is a Certified Engineer, retired civilian Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of the Naval Aviation Depot, San Diego, and a Combat Zone Vietnam Veteran.

JoAnn Marie is a 22 year resident of Nevada County. She is the Literary Chair of Nevada County Arts Council and follows her passion for reading by being involved in literature in any way she can. She is past-president of the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County; serves on the Citizens Oversight Committee for the library; is currently serves as Sargent At Arms on the Grand Jury, 2017 being her fourth year serving as a grand juror.

Please join us on April 14, 2018 at Peace Lutheran Church for this timely program.  Refreshments at 9:30 AM, program from 10 to noon.

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