Grand Juries

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Definition of Grand Juries

In most states grand juries will consist of 16 to 23 members. Grand juries may be assembled to either to investigate or to charge crimes. If the grand jury is responsible for "charging" they will evaluate the evidence of a crime and determine if the suspect should be charged. If the suspect is charged, the grand jury makes their formal accusation in a statement called an indictment. Investigatory grand juries have the responsibility to investigate public officers and in some cases organized crime rings.

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