New volunteers needed to complete this year’s Grand Jury panel
August 15, 2019
The 2019 – 2020 Grand Jury is seeking volunteers willing to donate eight to ten hours each month for one year investigating county and city government within the County of Glenn that culminates through the production and release of a yearly Grand Jury Report.
The civil grand jury is considered the county “watchdog” as it examines many aspects of county government including special districts, public agencies, administration and the affairs of any city within Glenn County to ensure that the county is being governed honestly and efficiently and that county financial activities are being conducted appropriately. The grand jury also investigates written complaints by private citizens, county officials, or county employees that are within the grand jury’s responsibility. The grand jury is also mandated by law to inquire into the conditions and management of public jails within the county jurisdiction.
Participation in the Grand Jury is a rich and rewarding experience and a valuable way to contribute in making a difference in Glenn County.
For more information on serving as a juror on the 2019 - 2020 Grand Jury or any future Grand Jury, please call the Superior Court at (530) 934-6382.
Master Court Calendar Changes
April 11, 2019
The Glenn County Superior Court announces the following changes to the Master Court Calendar, beginning on July 1, 2019:
The Traffic Infractions calendar will be heard on the first and third Fridays of the month, at 1:30 p.m. in Willows, CA. Traffic Court Trials will also be heard on the first and third Fridays of the month, at the Willows Courthouse, at 2:30 p.m.
The Civil Law & Motion and Civil Case Management Conferences will be heard on the 1st , 2nd and 3rd Wednesday’s of the month at 2:30 p.m. in Orland.
The Family Law Case Management Conferences and Family Law & Motion will be heard on the 1st , 2nd and 3rd Friday’s of the month at 1:30 p.m. in Orland.
Public Notice of Increased Court Hours Pursuant to Government Code Section 68106 and Califormia Rule of Court, Rule 10.620
November 30, 2018
Pursuant to California Rule of Court 10.620, the Superior Court of California, County of Glenn is providing notice of the increase in hours of operation for each of the Court branches.
Currently, the Clerk’s Office business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Willows and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.in Orland.
Effective Wednesday, January 2, 2019 the regular hours of operation for the Clerk’s offices will be 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding judicial holidays and includes both the Orland and Willows Courthouse locations. Clerk’s offices shall be closed for the transaction of business after 4:30 p.m. with the exception of the Butte Street location in Willows, which will accept payments until 5:00 p.m.
A document drop box remains available to the public at the Clerk’s Office for deposit of documents after 4:30 p.m., which will be filed as of the day received.
The Self-Help Center, located in the 119 N. Butte Street location remains open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Swearing in Ceremony of Appointed Judge, Alicia Ekland
November 27, 2018
On December 3, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. a Swearing in Ceremony will be held for Alicia Ekland as the appointed Judge of the Glenn County Superior Court. The ceremony will be held at the Glenn County Courthouse, second floor, 526 West Sycamore Street, Willows, California.
Please join us in congratulating our new Judge on her appointment, and attend a reception immediately following.
This ceremony is public and all interested parties are invited to attend.
Notice of FY 18-19 Trial Court Allocations
October 22, 2018
Alicia Ekland Appointed to Glenn County Superior Court Bench
October 16, 2018
The Glenn County Superior Court is pleased to announce the appointment of Alicia Ekland to the Glenn County Superior Court Bench, by Governor Brown earlier today.
Ms. Ekland, of Chico, is appointed to fill the judicial vacancy of Judge Peter Twede, who retired on June 30, 2018. Ms. Ekland currently serves as County Counsel of Glenn County, since 2016. She was a volunteer attorney at Legal Services of Northern California from 2015 to 2016, a sole practitioner from 2012 to 2016 and a staff attorney at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking from 2010 to 2012. Ms. Ekland was an associate at the Law Offices of Alex Kessel from 2009 to 2010 and at Solomon, Saltsman and Jamieson in 2009. She served as a deputy public defender at the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office from 2007 to 2009. She earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis.
She is the first woman judge ever appointed to the Glenn County Superior Court and is registered without a party preference. The compensation for a trial court judge is $200,042 annually.
Honorable Peter Billiou Twede to Retire
June 21, 2018
The Superior Court of California, County of Glenn is announcing the retirement of Honorable Peter Billiou Twede, effective June 30, 2018. Judge Twede, who has had an esteemed career in Glenn County was appointed to the bench by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on November 5, 2008 (oath on November 14, 2008). He was re-elected to office in June 2014 for a new term beginning January 2015 to January 2021.
Judge Twede was previously the AB1058 Child Support Commissioner for Glenn Superior Court from 1997 to 2008. He is a graduate of Lincoln University School of Law- San Francisco. He has been a member of the California Judges Association since 1997, the California Commissioners Association, the Glenn County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is a past member of the Willows Elks Lodge; Orland Exchange Club, past President; Glenn County Heart Association, past President; and received the 2004 Judicial Officer of the Year Award from NCSEA.
Judge Twede hopes to continue serving on the assigned judges program serving our Court until the Governor appoints his replacement. He then hopes to continue serving in various courts as an assigned judge.
The Glenn Superior Court will have a small ceremony on June 29 th to commemorate his judicial career. It will be held at the historic Willows Courthouse in Dept. 1, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Grand Jury Selection and Swearing In Ceremony
June 21, 2018
The Superior Court of California, County of Glenn, cordially invites you to attend the selection of and swearing in ceremony for the 2018-2019 Glenn County Grand Jury. The 2017-2018 Grand Jury's final report will also be issued at the ceremony. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 3:00 p.m., at the Glenn County Superior Court courtroom in Willows. The ceremony is open to the public and all interested parties are invited to attend.
Accepting Applications for the 2018-19 Civil Grand Jury
March 15, 2018
The Superior Court of California, County of Glenn, is seeking citizens of the County to serve on the 2018-19 Grand Jury. The Court each year is required by the California Constitution to impanel a grand jury. This body is mandated to investigate and report on both criminal and civil matters within the county.
The Grand Jury is comprised of citizen volunteers. In order to secure prospective Grand Jurors, seven hundred and fifty applications are now being sent to the citizens of Glenn County. In order to accomplish this, addresses for citizens are being randomly selected from the voter registration and the Department of Motor Vehicle’s rolls. As a part of this application process, the Court is also seeking volunteers to create a diverse pool of applicants to be representative of the community of Glenn County.
Service on the Grand Jury is a very important duty that is essential to the successful administration of justice. The Court encourages all application recipients to serve their community and exercise their civic duty by participating in this vital and rewarding public process. Once the Grand Jury is impaneled, their meetings are held once a month.
If you are interested in participating in the Grand Jury process and did not receive an application or you need further information, please contact Ms. Karen Dura, Court Administrative Assistant, at 530-934-6382. Applications need to be received at the courthouse by April 20, 2018.
For further information contact:
526 West Sycamore Street
Willows, California 95988
Court Executive Officer Appointment
January 12, 2018
Glenn Superior Court Presiding Judge Donald Cole Byrd announced that Ms. Cindia Martinez will be appointed as the Interim Court Executive Officer as well as the departure of current Court Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Kevin Harrigan. Ms. Martinez comes to this role after having served the Sonoma Superior Court for 16 years, with 13 of those years as the Assistant Court Executive Officer. Ms. Martinez will retire from the Sonoma Superior Court on February 2, 2018 and will begin her new position with Glenn on February 5, 2018.
Mr. Kevin Harrigan will be the CEO, effective January 22, 2018 at Tehama Superior Court. Mr. Harrigan goes to Tehama after having served previously in a variety of roles with the Glenn and Colusa Superior Courts since 2003, including service in finance, administration and as the CEO with both the Glenn and Colusa Superior Courts.
The judges, staff, and people served by the Glenn and Tehama courts are very fortunate to have Cindia and Kevin in their new positions, and please join me in congratulating them on these new appointments.
Pursuant to GC68511.7(a) Glenn County Superior Court is providing notice of the proposed budget for FY 2016-2017.
Any comments can be submitted to the court by September 21, 2016 to either:
Court Executive Officer
526 W. Sycamore Street
Willows, CA 95988
California’s Courthouse Construction Program Faces Delays
Due to Funding Issues
On August 11th the Court Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) voted to recommend to the Judicial Council that 23 current judicial branch projects continue and/or finish their current phase and then hold due to inadequate funds. The Judicial Council recently approved those recommendations at its public meeting on August 26th.