Solano Life 2014

Solano grand jury operates as watchdog

By From page SOL45 | August 24, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The grand jury is an investigative body and part of the judicial branch of government. Both the United States and the California constitutions call for grand juries.

Unlike a trial jury, which exists only to try an individual case, the Solano County grand jury is a permanent body with members serving one-year terms.

The three primary functions of the grand jury are to be a watchdog over local government, investigate citizen complaints about public agencies and officials and to occasionally investigate criminal matters when requested by the District Attorney.

Solano County residents selected for the grand jury must make a commitment to a minimum of six days per month for their one-year term. During major investigations, grand jury members may need to serve three or more days per week.

Current citizens serving on the Solano County grand jury are: Andrew Aragon of Vacaville; Charles Brown of Vacaville; Frank Calderon of Vacaville; Harold Griggs of Rio Vista; Clyde Huff of Vallejo; Earl A. Lawrence Jr. of Fairfield; Maria McIntyre of Fairfield; Ralph Petty of Vacaville; Barbara Pisching of Suisun City; Joyce Reynolds of Vallejo; Warren Richardson of Suisun City; Terry Riddle of Vacaville; Ross Riesche of Vacaville; Janet Roberts of Fairfield; Walter Scherff of Fairfield; Richard Watson of Vacaville; Robert G. Weldon of Benicia; Tonya Williams of Vallejo; and David Yates of Vallejo.

For more information, contact Superior Court of California, County of Solano, 600 Union Ave., Fairfield, 94533. The phone number is 435-2575 and the website is www.solanocourts.com/grandjury.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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