grand jury


Definition of grand jury

: a jury that examines accusations against persons charged with crime and if the evidence warrants makes formal charges on which the accused persons are later tried

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Other Words from grand jury

grand juror noun

Examples of grand jury in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thomas, 37, pleaded not guilty to the charges during a Ramapo Justice Court appearance on Dec. 22 prior to the grand jury presentation. Steve Lieberman, USA TODAY, "Suspect indicted on 6 attempted murder charges in Hanukkah machete slashing at rabbi's house," 3 Jan. 2020 The second panel is considering the House's request for grand jury information that formed part of the basis of the Mueller report. Robert Legare, CBS News, "House lawyers and Justice Department continue feud over McGahn testimony and Mueller material," 3 Jan. 2020 The hearing on Tuesday was to determine if there was enough evidence to allow the case to go forward, a step in Family Court procedure for juveniles akin to a grand jury hearing. Jan Ransom, New York Times, "Lawyer Casts Doubt on Boy’s Statements About Murder of Barnard Student," 17 Dec. 2019 Indonesia can now be added to that list, according to a grand jury indictment filed in US federal court last week. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Smuggling in plain sight: How foreign businesses help Iran violate US sanctions," 17 Dec. 2019 Common Cause joined a legal brief urging the Supreme Court to make an exception to secrecy rules and release the grand jury records., "When will Rhode Island shake its 38 Studios hangover? - The Boston Globe," 13 Dec. 2019 The Florida Supreme Court ordered the statewide grand jury probe in February at Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request. Skyler Swisher,, "School safety plans rely on ‘chewing gum, duct tape and hope.’ Lawmakers vow to act.," 12 Dec. 2019 Two separate grand jury proceedings were scheduled for March and April, 2006. Jack Greiner,, "Strictly Legal: Palm Beach Post seeks Epstein grand jury record.," 3 Dec. 2019 The Nevada attorney general obtained a grand jury indictment against Sullivan in August, which led to the arrest. Rachel Swan,, "Arrest made in 1979 slaying of San Rafael woman," 16 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of grand jury

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Grand jury.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grand jury

US, law : a group of people who look at the evidence against someone who has been accused of a crime in order to decide if there should be a trial

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Legal Definition of grand jury

: a jury that examines accusations against persons charged with crime and if the evidence warrants makes formal charges on which the accused persons are later tried — see also no bill and true bill at bill sense 3b, indictment — compare petit jury, special grand jury

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