The Vanguard Court Watch Council of Yolo County is inviting community members to express their concerns about the judicial system, providing testimony and give personal accounts of contemporary cases in the Yolo County court system, at a second public meeting Sunday, May 19.
The meeting will run from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. An initial meeting took place April 28 in Woodland.
“We are getting a good response from the public,” said David Greenwald, executive director. “The Court Watch Council will take public comment and testimony from invited speakers, and then deliberate in closed session to determine our course of action.”
The Court Watch Council comprises 12 members — eight residents of Davis, Woodland and West Sacramento plus advisers who include retired California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso; Sacramento State professor James Hernandez, a gang expert; and attorney Anthony Palik.
The Vanguard Court Watch, founded in 2010, is a nonprofit organization that researches and reports on legal issues in Yolo County. It sends college interns to monitor court cases and “shine the light of scrutiny on a system often hidden from the public,” Greenwald said in a news release.
The Vanguard Court Watch Council will host public meetings at various locations in Yolo County. Goals include identifying court cases to track, police incidents to be investigated and cases involving alleged discrimination or prejudice.
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