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Library Workshop: What Is The Grand Jury?

OAKHURST – Have you ever wondered how jurors are selected to sit on the Grand Jury, how long they serve, or what role the public plays in the Grand Jury’s function?

On Saturday, Apr. 16, the Oakhurst Library will host an informative workshop about what makes California Grand Juries unique. The event is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Community Room located at 49044 Civic Circle Drive.

The workshop will explore the kind of cases Grand Juries investigate and answer questions including, “what ability does the Grand Jury have to protect whistleblowers?”

Judges Dale Blea and Ernest LiCalsi will speak about the role of the Grand Jury in our judicial system, according to Leanne Thomson, President of the Madera Chapter of the California Grand Jury Association.

Also speaking at the workshop are Jeannie Turpenen and David Lopez, current members of the Grand Jurors’ Association and prior members of the Grand Jury. They will talk about their experiences serving on the panel. John Rigby, the current Foreman of the Grand Jury, and Thomson will also be available to answer questions from the public at the event.

County personnel will also be available that day to answer questions and to help those people who are interested in enrolling to serve on the panel.

The free presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library. For more information, call (559) 683-4838 or visit www.oakhurstfobl.com.

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