New civil grand jury to be sworn in for 2008-09 |

New civil grand jury to be sworn in for 2008-09

A new Nevada County civil grand jury has been nominated for the 2008-09 fiscal year, according to a legal notice posted Thursday in The Union.

The jury will serve from July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2009.

“The grand jury is the county’s watchdog agency, and it ensures that our tax-supported city and county government agencies perform their duties properly and efficiently,” as information provided by the California Superior Court explains.

The list of 25 nominees for 2008-09 includes Larry Schwartz, Ray Hoffman, Ian Dobson, Robert Erickson, Jim Purcell, Diana Beer, Carol Anzelc, Bob Arnds, Lennie Biundo, Peter Brost, Jo Etta De Soto, James Dion, Ellen Vicki German, Brenda Herbert, Angela Lamb, Eric Landtbom, Rolf Manfred, Gregory Martin, Marcus Matthias, Carol Merjil, Valerie Moore-Belt, Marilee Mullin-Marshall, Jim Pearce, Gina Torvinen and Aleta Wallace.

The grand jury will be sworn in Thursday at the Nevada County Courthouse in Nevada City, according to the notice. The outgoing panel also will be honored. The judge presiding over the grand jury continues to be Robert Tamietti.

County residents who are at least 18 years old are eligible to submit an application to become a grand jury member. Prospective jurors are screened and interviewed by a committee and the presiding judge.

This year’s grand jury so far has generated 10 reports, which usually are reported in The Union’s news pages. This year’s county grand jury foreman is Francis “Mac” Small, a retired lawyer.

To contact Jeff Pelline, e-mail or call 477-4235.

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