Judges to meet in Morgan on grand jury issue

Sep 8 2013 - 10:10pm

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MORGAN -- A panel of judges will meet on Oct. 10 at the Morgan County Courthouse to hear testimony to determine if reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury.

Those wanting to testify before the panel of judges should call District Court Administrator Debra Moore at 801-578-3800 by Sept. 26 to schedule an appointment. If no appointments are scheduled, the meeting will be canceled without further notice.

Those testifying must be prepared to give evidence to support claims that justify calling a grand jury. Controversies between individual parties will not be considered. Individuals who need special accommodations during the hearing must notify the court at least three business days prior to the hearing.

Utah's grand jury statute requires a panel of judges selected from throughout the state to hold hearings in each judicial district every three years. The purpose of the hearings is to determine if a grand jury needs to be summoned based on evidence of criminal activity.

The grand jury panel is composed of: Supervising Judge Terry L. Christiansen, 3rd District Court; Judge Steven L. Hansen, 4th District Court; Judge Eric A. Ludlow, 5th District Court; Judge Kate Toomey, 3rd District Court; and Judge W. Brent West, 2nd District Court.

The attorney general, a county attorney, district attorney, or special prosecutor can also present evidence of criminal activity. The panel of judges will hear, in secret, all people claiming information that justifies calling a grand jury. All individuals appearing before the panel of judges will be placed under oath. If a grand jury is summoned, the jurors will be called from the state at large or any judicial district within the state.

For more information on state court grand juries, go to www.utcourts.gov/cal/grandjury.

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