Annual Conference

Every year in the fall, CGJA holds a joint Annual Conference and Membership Meeting at a different location. The conference provides an opportunity for members and grand jurors to meet and discuss experiences, ask questions, and otherwise engage in activities to enhance everyone's understanding of the grand jury system in order to contribute to CGJA's role in protecting and enhancing California's county grand jury system.

The 2020 Annual Conference, originally scheduled for October 25 and 26, 2020 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton - San Rafael, has been postponed by the CGJA Board of Directors due to the uncertainties that we in California are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It has been rescheduled for October 24-25, 2021, and will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton – San Rafael.  

However, as required by our bylaws, CGJA will hold an Annual Membership Meeting on October 26, 2020, from 1:00 PM until about 3:00 PM.  This will be a virtual meeting via Zoom so that all members may attend in the comfort of their own home.  To assist you in using Zoom, CGJA has created an abbreviated Zoom User’s Guide which includes Zoom download instructions, a link to Zoom downloads, and provides instructions for logging into Zoom. Preparing your computer for using Zoom ahead of the meeting is highly encouraged. 

All members will receive log-in information to the annual membership meeting via email. All of the reports and information normally provided at the annual conference will be communicated to our members directly as well as posted on this page to facilitate discussion at the meeting.  The agenda hasn’t yet been finalized, but we anticipate it will include the President’s annual report, committee reports, results of the election for directors, presentation of the new CGJA officers, and perhaps an outside speaker.

This is a new and exciting way to participate in CGJA activities without the travel and expense.  Please plan to attend.  We would love to see you then!



2020 Annual Membership Meeting

Monday, October 26, 2020

12:45 - 1:00 pm     Assembly time:  Please connect to the meeting early to test connections.

1:00 - 1:10 pm      Membership meeting convenes: Opening remarks
          Larry Herbst, President, CGJA

1:10 - 1:40 pm      Keynote Address (with Q&A)  Credibility: Every grand jury's most valuable asset
          Dick Spotswood, Marin Independent Journal

1:40 - 2:10 pm      CGJA President's Report on CGJA Activities and the State of the Association (with Q&A)
          Larry Herbst, President, CGJA

2:10 - 2:15 pm      Break

2:15 - 2:35 pm      Presentation of Excellence in Reporting and Angelo Rolando Service Awards
          Barbara Sommer, Chair, EIR Subcommittee
          Joann Landi, Chair, Awards Committee

2:35 - 2:45 pm      Election Results: Officers and Directors
          Tim Hafner, Chair, Nominations-Elections Committee

2:45 - 2:50 pm      Swearing in Directors and Officers
          Judge Steven Jahr (ret.)

2:50 - 3:15 pm      Closing remarks by the new CGJA President


► The set of committee reports for 2020 can be viewed here.

► Nominations for CGJA's 2020 Excellence in Reporting Awards can be viewed here.

► 2020 CGJA Volunteer Roster can be viewed here.

Please direct all queries or suggestions about the annual conference to Lloyd Bell, Annual Conference Chair.

Transcripts of Conferences since 2006 can be found in the December issue of the Grand Jurors' Journal  for that year which contains a summary of the conference of that year. Go to Journal Archives to find these editions.

Transcripts of Conferences held prior to 2007 are archived here.

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