grand jury


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grand jury

n.
A jury convened to determine if there is sufficient evidence to warrant the indictment of a suspected offender. A federal grand jury consists of between 16 and 23 persons and is required by the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution before a person can be indicted for a serious criminal offense under federal law.
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grand jury

n
(Law) law (esp in the US and, now rarely, in Canada) a jury of between 12 and 23 persons summoned to inquire into accusations of crime and ascertain whether the evidence is adequate to found an indictment. Abolished in Britain in 1948. Compare petit jury
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grand′ ju′ry


n.
a jury designated to determine if a law has been violated and whether the evidence warrants prosecution.
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grand jury

A special jury typically of between 12 and 23 people convened to decide whether or not there is enough evidence against an accused person to warrant a criminal indictment.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grand jury - a jury to inquire into accusations of crime and to evaluate the grounds for indictments
jury - a body of citizens sworn to give a true verdict according to the evidence presented in a court of law
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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Translations
هَيْئَة المُحَلَّفين الكُبْرى
velká porota
nævningedomstol
ákærukviîdómur
veľká porota
büyük jüri

grand jury

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grand jury

n (Am) → giuria (formata da 12 a 23 membri)
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

grand

(grӕnd) adjective
1. splendid; magnificent. a grand procession.
2. proud. She gives herself grand airs.
3. very pleasant. a grand day at the seaside.
4. highly respected. a grand old man.
nounplural grand
a slang term for $1,000 or 1,000. I paid five grand for that car.
grand finale
the final act or scene in a show etc, usually with all the actors, singers etc on the stage.
grand jury
in the United States, a jury which decides whether there is enough evidence for a person to be brought to trial.
grand piano
a type of piano with a large flat top shaped like a harp.
ˈgrandstand noun
rows of raised seats at a sports ground etc. We watched the sports meeting from the grandstand; (also adjective) grandstand seats; We had a grandstand (= a very good) view of the parade.
grand total
the final total; the total of several smaller totals.
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References in classic literature ?
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.
A STATESMAN who had been indicted by an unfeeling Grand Jury was arrested by a Sheriff and thrown into jail.
Shan't see ye again very soon, I guess; unless it's before the Grand Jury. And with these cracked words he finally departed, leaving me, for the moment, in no small wonderment at his frantic impudence.
I have known ambition, when cured at court by frequent disappointments (which are the only physic for it), to break out again in a contest for foreman of the grand jury at an assizes; and have heard of a man who had so far conquered avarice, as to give away many a sixpence, that comforted himself, at last, on his deathbed, by making a crafty and advantageous bargain concerning his ensuing funeral, with an undertaker who had married his only child.
In one day afterwards, the Grand jury found a True Bill against Christopher Nubbles for felony; and in two days from that finding, the aforesaid Christopher Nubbles was called upon to plead Guilty or Not Guilty to an Indictment for that he the said Christopher did feloniously abstract and steal from the dwelling-house and office of one Sampson Brass, gentleman, one Bank Note for Five Pounds issued by the Governor and Company of the Bank of England; in contravention of the Statutes in that case made and provided, and against the peace of our Sovereign Lord the King, his crown and dignity.
The grand jury presently indicted Luigi for murder in the first degree, and Angelo as accessory before the fact.
Fit to charge a grand jury, or, what is just now of more pressing necessity, able to do the honors of Christmas eve in the hall of Templeton?”
The grand jury rejected the bill, on its being proved that I was on the Orkney Islands at the hour the body of my friend was found; and a fortnight after my removal I was liberated from prison.
I know not how it was, but by the indefatigable application of my diligent governess I had no bill preferred against me the first sessions, I mean to the grand jury, at Guildhall; so I had another month or five weeks before me, and without doubt this ought to have been accepted by me, as so much time given me for reflection upon what was past, and preparation for what was to come; or, in a word, I ought to have esteemed it as a space given me for repentance, and have employed it as such, but it was not in me.
the use of the grand jury for these purposes and considers practical and
An indictment is a charging document written by the prosecution which specifies particular charges against a particular defendant and serves as the basis for a criminal trial once it is approved by a grand jury. The grand jury approval process is discussed in more detail later in the article.
McCulloch--who encouraged deliberations by the grand jury that heard evidence concerning the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, despite personally believing that Brown's killer, police officer Darren Wilson, should not be indicted.