grand jury

grand jury

A body of (often 23) people who are chosen to sit permanently for at least a month ¡ª and sometimes a year ¡ª and who, in ex parte proceedings, decide whether to issue indictments. See Fed. R. Crim. P. 6.

? If the grand jury decides that evidence is strong enough to hold a suspect for trial, it returns a bill of indictment (a true bill) charging the suspect with a specific crime.

¡ª Also termed accusing jury; presenting jury; jury of indictment. Cf. petit jury under JURY. [Cases: Grand Jury 1.]


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