CGJA Training Program
 

Every year the California Grand Jurors’ Association (CGJA) conducts training programs for grand juries on their various civil functions. Experienced and highly qualified trainers teach these programs at either a regional seminar where jurors and alternates from multiple counties convene or an “on-site” seminar where a team of trainers travels to a specific location to conduct training for one to three counties. All seminars include two full days of presentations and over 300 pages of training materials.

CGJA also conducts Foreperson and Pro Tem Workshops and Legal Advisors' Workshops, usually in conjunction with the regional seminars, and full-day Report Writing Workshops in the fall. See below for more information on these important workshops.

For further information on any of the CGJA training programs, please contact Training Committee Chair, Marsha Caranci, cgjatraining@cgja.org or by phone at 530-242-6554.
 

2017 CGJA Training Programs
 

The 2017 summer program has been completed
Watch this page for the announcement of the 2018 program early in 2018

 

Report Writing Workshops
 

Each fall CGJA conducts several one-day report writing workshops in locations throughout the state to expand on the information presented in the summer two-day seminars. These workshops provide more explicit details about writing individual grand jury reports including such topics as: defining facts, findings, and recommendations; selecting and managing editorial styles; tips on how to use compelling language; conducting exit interviews to verify findings; and the process and requirements for releasing final reports. This workshop provides helpful tools enabling grand juries to improve the quality, readability, accuracy, and effectiveness of their final reports. Hands-on exercises will provide practice in developing effective findings and recommendations.



Bakersfield, October 23
Rancho Cucamonga, October 26
San Jose, October 31
Sacramento, November 2
Sacramento, November 3
San Rafael, November 6
Redding, November 10



The cost is $60 per person and includes a workshop training manual
.
 

The workshops will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. Coffee and light snacks will be provided in the morning only. Lunch is not included, but will be available in the hotel or at nearby restaurants. Once registered, confirmation emails will be sent to each registrant.

 

Venue and Hotel Information

CGJA has reserved a block of rooms at some locations at a special rate for anyone who may want to spend the night. Jurors should contact the hotel directly to make a reservation prior to the cutoff date. When making a reservation, be sure to ask for the California Grand Jurors’ Association (CGJA) special rate. Do not book through the Internet unless indicated.

 
Bakersfield, Monday, October 23
Four Points by Sheraton
5101 California Avenue, Bakersfield, CA  93309, 661-325-9700
Special room rate $90 plus taxes if booked by Oct. 16, 2017



 
 Rancho Cucamonga, Thursday, October 26
(Hosted by the San Bernardino Superior Court)
Superior Court Vineyard Training Center
9607 Business Center Drive, Suite B, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
See Map for directions
No hotel room block available



 
San Jose, Tuesday, October 31

(Hosted by the Santa Clara Superior Court)
Family Justice Center, Judicial Conference Room
201 North First Street, 8th Floor, San Jose, CA  95113
See Map for parking information 
No hotel room block available

 
 
Sacramento, Thursday, November 2
or Friday, November 3
Crowne Plaza Sacramento
 5321 Date Avenue Sacramento, CA 95815, 916-338-5800
Special room rate $95 per night plus tax if booked by October 18, 2017

 
 
San Rafael, Monday, November 6
Embassy Suites San Rafael
101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael, CA  94903, 415-499-5908
Special room rate of $159 plus taxes if booked by Oct. 16, 2017
Jurors can make a reservation by calling the number above or going to:
http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/S/SFORFES-CGJ-20171106/index.jhtml

 
 
Redding, Friday, November 10
Holiday Inn and Convention Center
1900 Hilltop Drive, Redding, CA  96002, 530-221-7500
 Special room rate $93 per night plus tax if booked by October 31, 2017
Use Group Code GJU

 

 

Registration Form

 

Regional and On-site Training Seminar Content

Our training seminars are for both new and returning grand jurors, as well as for alternates. The main objective is to provide the knowledge and skills required to perform their civil oversight functions as grand jurors.

The general session core subjects are:

Grand Jury Overview
This session orients jurors to the grand jury’s mission and the historical context of the grand jury system in California. This general session presents an overview of the grand jury year with an emphasis on what takes place during each phase of the jury’s term. It covers organization of the grand jury (including the responsibilities of the foreperson and the members of the grand jury) and the concepts of the grand jury as a collegial, non-hierarchical body, sharing authority and operating as a unit.

Grand Jury Law
This session sensitizes jurors to the role of state law in governing grand jury activities. Citing specific Penal Code sections, it identifies what the grand jury must, may, and may not do. It provides references to case law and Attorney General Opinions useful to a fuller understanding of the grand jury’s powers and limitations as they pertain to its civil oversight function. The presentation also describes the accusation process for removing a person from public office.

Local Governments
This session describes the various local government agencies and entities that the grand jury is authorized to investigate and write reports about. They include the county, cities, special districts, school districts, joint powers authorities, and other specialized entities. In addition, this session introduces jurors to the laws that govern these governments, including state codes, regulations, case law, and local charters and ordinances. 
 
Legal Topics
This session addresses the potential for juror defamation, the roles of the grand jury's statutory advisors, and the transparency and ethics laws that apply to all local governments, including the Ralph M. Brown Act, the Public Records Act, and the Political Reform Act.

Grand Jury Investigations
This session defines grand jury investigations, discusses juror conflicts and recusals, and lays a basic groundwork for conducting grand jury investigations. Other topics covered include deciding what to investigate, planning and organizing the investigation, and conducting the investigation – stressing verification of information through “triangulation.” The session also covers how the final report must flow directly from the investigation.

Grand Jury Interviews
Grand jurors will learn how to plan the interview, develop questions, conduct the interview, and analyze and verify the information obtained. The session also covers the importance of confidentiality and of determining the objectives of the interview. A portion of this session deals with proper professional demeanor, maintaining objectivity, and not jumping to conclusions. A video demonstration of a mock interview that highlights interviewing principles concludes the session.

Grand Jury Reports
This session covers the reasons for writing reports, the types of final reports, report format and content, and the writing process (organization, responsibilities, time required, and report release). It also describes the use of exit interviews to confirm the reports’ findings. The fall Report Writing Workshops (see below) help build the skills jurors need in order to write effective reports.

Additional Workshops
In addition to the core sessions, the seminar will include one or more of these workshops: Collegiality, Continuity, and Detention Facility Inspections.

 

 

Foreperson and Pro Tem Workshop Content

This one-day workshop covers the leadership responsibilities of the foreperson and other officers of the grand jury. Topics include:

  • How to get started
  • Useful techniques for organizing the jury
  • Coordinating and facilitating the grand jury's work
  • Team building
  • California law as it applies to the foreperson's duties and responsibilities
  • The administrative and leadership roles and functions of the foreperson and pro tem
  • ​Dealing with interpersonal issues and conflict resolution techniques

Participants take part in a variety of group activities to enhance the learning experience through the sharing of ideas.
 

Legal Advisors' Workshop Content

The Regional Grand Jury Training Seminar content is described above.

The three-hour workshop (8:30-11:45 a.m. the second day of each regional seminar) is a round-table session focusing on the attorney’s role in providing legal services to the grand jury in connection with its civil investigatory functions. Topics include grand jury jurisdiction; advisors’ conflicts and ethical walls; defamation avoidance; grand juror misconduct and discharge, including due process concerns; and reviewing grand jury reports for legal compliance.

Those who attend the Legal Advisors’ Workshop will receive the 2017-2018 CGJA Training Manual, the Legal Advisors’ Guide, and the Compendium of California Grand Jury Law.




Seminar and Workshop Fees

Two-Day Regional Training Seminar  $95 per person
Two-Day On-Site Training Seminar  $2100 for up to 20 people or 
  $2600 for two counties up to 40 people
  ($20 per person thereafter)
​Foreperson and Pro Tem Workshop $60 per person
​Legal Advisors' Workshop $50 per person
Fall Report Writing Workshops $60 per person


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