Meeting Time: August 25, 2020 at 9:00am PDT

Agenda Item

The California Constitution and the Penal Code require all counties to draw and impanel a grand jury to serve during the county's fiscal year. However, under Penal Code section 905.5(b), the Board of Supervisors may allow a grand jury to be impaneled and serve during the calendar year upon an appropriate transition, for a term of no more than 18 months. Due to current COVID-19 conditions, impaneling a grand jury would raise health and safety concerns to participants. Therefore, the Board of Supervisors, in consultation with the Butte County Superior Court, authorizes the imposition of a transition grand jury for the 2021 calendar year. The term of the transition grand jury shall be from January 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. The extended term of the Butte County 2021 Grand Jury is necessary to transition back to a one-year term for the grand jury which will be impaneled for FY 2022-2023. (County Administration)