Press Releases

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.

For further information please contact:
Karen Dura
Court Administrative Assistant
526 West Sycamore Street
Willows, California 95988
Telephone: (530) 934-6382
Facsimile (530) 934-6406

Accepting Appplications 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.

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For further information contact:
Karen Dura
Administrative Assistant
(530) 934-6382
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 
or
pbutler@glenncourt.ca.gov
526 W. Sycamore Street
Willows, CA  95988

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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.

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