Judges panel to hear to consider testimony for grand jury in Park City

The next regularly scheduled meeting of Utah’s grand jury panel of judges will be on Thursday, Oct.12,  at the Park City 3rd District Courthouse.

The purpose of the meeting is to hear testimony, if any, to determine whether a grand jury should be summoned based upon evidence of criminal activity. The panel of judges will hear, in secret, individuals claiming information that justifies calling a grand jury, according to spokespeople.

Individuals appearing before the panel of judges will be placed under oath. An individual who testifies must be prepared to provide evidence to support a claim that justifies calling a grand jury. The attorney general, a county attorney, district attorney, or special prosecutor can also present evidence of criminal activity. Controversies between individual parties, civil matters, and matters that are subject to criminal appeal will not be considered. 

Those wanting to testify before the panel of judges should contact Keri Sargent, assistant district court administrator, Administrative Office of the Courts, at (435) 633-5549 by Monday, Oct. 2, at noon to schedule an appointment and arrange to receive further specific instructions. Any individual needing special accommodation during the hearing must notify panel staff at least three business days prior to the hearing. If no appointments are scheduled by the appointed time, the meeting will be canceled without further notice, court officials said. 

The current members of the grand jury panel of judges are Supervising Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills, 3rd District Court; Senior Judge Lynn W. Davis, 4th District Court; Judge Angela Fonnesbeck, 1st District Court; Judge Matthew Bell, 5th District Court; and Judge Paul Parker, 3rd District Court.

Additional information regarding the grand jury panel of judges is available at the Utah Court’s website or in the Utah Code. 

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