Pulling the Curtain Back on Grand Jury Investigations

Legal Area:        Criminal Civil Litigation Trial Appellate                                                      
Session END DATE:        12/31/2024
Total CLE Hours:        2.00
Ethics Hrs Included:        0.50
Registration Fee:        $40.00
Information:        ONLY $20

** Available on-demand any time of day and in time increments convenient to you through Session End Date above **

Harris County Grand Jury Division Chief will take a deep-dive into the Grand Jury process in Harris County to explain to attorneys: (1) “How It Works,” including how grand jurors are selected, how often they meet, and what all goes before them, (2) the statutory secrecy provisions and ethical considerations in presenting and investigating criminal activity before the Grand Jury, and (3) the "Dos and Don’ts" of representing a client called to testify and to produce records before the Grand Jury.

Both the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and Professional Rules mandate Grand Jury proceedings be handled with the highest level of discretion and secrecy. Chief Stayton will review these provisions and provide sound counsel on how best to proceed when called upon to produce a client or records before the Grand Jury. This CLE course features streaming video and downloadable audio presentations from a seminar by the Houston Bar Association (HBA) on April 28, 2023. Subjects include:

  • History of the Grand Jury and How it Works

  • "Key-Man" Jury Selection and Significant Grand Jury Reforms

  • Presenting and investigating Criminal Activity Before the Grand Jury

  • Dos and Don’ts of Representing a Client Called to Testify

  • Dos and Don’ts in Production Records and Defense Packets

  • Statutory Secrecy Provisions and Ethical Considerations

  • Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and Professional Rules

  • Speaker:

    Patrick Stayton, Harris County Grand Jury Division Chief, Criminal Prosecutor and Human Rights Advocate. Patrick served as an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County from 1992 through 2001, followed by two years with a local commercial litigation firm. From 20041 to 2012, he lived and worked in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as the Field Office Director for International Justice Mission, heading up a counter human trafficking project in cooperation with the U.S. State Deparment and U.S.A.I.D., focusing on the trafficking and exploitation of women and children into the commercial sex industry in Cambodia. From 2013 – 2015, Patrick studied International Human Rights Law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 2016, Patrick returned with his family to Houston and resumed his work as a prosecutor in Harris County, assigned to Child Sex Crimes Division and later as Deputy Chief of the Felony Trial Bureau.  More information may be found on his LinkedIn page.


    This course is approved for CLE credit by the STATE BAR OF TEXAS (MCLE Provider #8238).  Please check with your State Bar regarding specific accreditation requirements.

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