MOAB — A panel of judges is scheduled to meet Jan. 12 to hear testimony to determine whether reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place at the Moab Courthouse, 125 E. Center.
Those wanting to testify before the panel should contact Debra Moore, District Court administrator, at 801-578-3800 by Dec. 28, to schedule an appointment. If no appointments are scheduled, the meeting will be canceled.
Individuals 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 is to determine whether a grand jury needs to be summoned based on evidence of criminal activity.
The panel is comprised of the following judges: Supervising Judge W. Brent West, 2nd District Court; Judge Lynn W. Davis, 4th District Court; Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills, 3rd District Court; Judge Eric A. Ludlow, 5th District Court; and Judge Kara Pettit, 3rd District Court.
The attorney general, a county attorney, a district attorney or a special prosecutor can also present evidence of criminal activity. All individuals appearing before the panel will be placed under oath. If a grand jury is summoned, the jurors will be called from around the state or any judicial district within the state.