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 pandemic created by COVID-19, and the uncertainty of the vaccine rollout in 2021, has created an uncertain situation concerning a gathering of individuals considered vulnerable to COVID-19. At the February 2021 CGJA Board meeting, it was decided to postpone the 2021 Annual Conference and Membership Meeting as was done in 2020, and instead conduct a virtual Annual Membership Meeting on October 25, 2021. Details concerning this meeting will be announced in the summer of 2021.

Plans are still being finalized for an in-person Annual Conference and Membership Meeting to be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton - San Rafael in late October 2022. Details will be provided late 2021.  

As most members know, on October 26, 2020 CGJA held its Annual Membership Meeting as a virtual meeting via Zoom providing an opportunity for members to attend from the safety and comfort of their own homes. As this was the first time CGJA had held this meeting in a virtual format, we were unsure of what attendance to expect and how well the technology would work in this environment. To our great pleasure we had over 90 member participants who successfully used the technology now available to enjoy our keynote speaker, Dick Spotswood of the Marin Independent Journal, Larry Herbst's outgoing CGJA President's State of the Association address, our awards and election results presentation, the swearing in of the newly elected Board of Directors by Judge Steven Jahr (ret), and closed out by our newly elected President, Jim Ragan. 

On this same day California was experiencing extremely high winds and hot temperatures causing PG&E to shutdown power in many parts of the state preventing some members from participating. To view a recording of the event, click on the link below to the recorded material. Due to a small technical problem the first few minutes were not captured and for that we apologize.This was a new and exciting way for us to hold and members to participate in CGJA activities without the travel and expense.  With the future still uncertain, we now know we have the ability to present our events remotely and so stay tuned for announcements as we move through 2021.


► The 2020 Annual Membership Meeting video can be viewed here.

► The 2020 President's State of the Association Address can be viewed here.

► The set of committee reports for 2020 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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