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.

Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic upended our plans for 2020. Instead of gathering our vulnerable members together to celebrate CGJA successes, a membership meeting was conducted via Zoom.technology in October 2020. This was a first for CGJA, and it was well received by our members with over 90 participants.

This year, in light of the continuing pandemic and vaccination shortfalls, our 2021 Annual Membership meeting was held via Zoom on October 25, 2021. The keynote address was made by Neil McCormick, CEO of the California Special Districts Association, entitled Special Districts and the Grand Jury. In addition, Dr. Josh Franco, Assistant Professor of Cuyama College, San Diego County, presented an address entitled Civil Grand Juries: An Underutilized Oversight Mechanism. Awards and recognitions were presented along with the introduction and swearing in of newly-elected board members. 

Plans are still in place for our next Annual Conference and Membership Meeting to be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton - San Rafael in late October 2022. Details will be provided as they become known due to the uncertainties created by the Covid-19 situation and its associated health risks.

► To watch the recorded video of the 2021 Annual Membership Meeting, click here.                    

► Speaker bios for Neil McCormick and Josh Franco, Ph.D. can be viewed here.

► The set of committee reports for 2021 can be viewed here.

► Nominations for CGJA's 2021 Excellence in Reporting Awards can be viewed here.

► 2021 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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