Criminal Grand Juries Training

On March 3, 2011, the California Chapter held a training meeting and luncheon featuring Valerie Aenlle-Rocha, who is a felony prosecutor for the County of Los Angeles. The topic of the training was County Criminal Grand Juries.

For the past three and a half years, Valerie has served as the exclusive Legal Advisor to the Los Angeles County Criminal Grand Jury. Under her supervision, the number of investigatory and indictment hearings handled by the grand jury increased by nearly 100% on a yearly basis. This is attributable, in part, to Valerie’s extensive training of fellow deputy district attorneys, members of the California Attorney General’s Office and law enforcement officers in the proper and effective use of the grand jury.

Deputy District Attorney Valerie Aenlle-Rocha, Chief Deputy of the Los Angeles County Grand Jury, provided an insider’s view of the Criminal Grand Jury process: What is it? Can it help my case? How do I do it? DA Aenlle-Rocha discussed who is on the Grand Jury, what the duties are, the burden of proof required for an indictment, provided examples of the documents used, and walked us through the process. The presentation was very enlightening and beneficial to the attendees who received CPE credit for this training.