Post # 1
I got a Grand Jury summons in the mail yesterday & I’m supposed to be on the jury for 2 months starting in a few weeks! Well, its only between 1-3 days per week, still it seems like a long time. Also, isn’t the Grand Jury for big cases like murders? I’m so nervous :p. Has anyone ever been in the Grand Jury before? All I know is I can’t discuss the case with anyone at all.
Post # 3
That sounds exciting to me! Don’t be nervous. Usually, you hear evidence from a prosecutor and decide whether or not to issue an indictment for someone. I’ve never done it, though.
Post # 4
I’ve only been summoned for Petit Jury. I would much rather do a Grand Jury trial!! That’s so cool! Do you have to go through selecion like on the Petit, or are you automatically assigned to a case?
Post # 5
I have to go to an orientation 2 days before the trial starts. I have no idea what to expect or if I’m already on a case.
Post # 6
I think grand jury is only for big cases. Basically, you determine if there is enough evidence to say if there is a crime, you don’t get to convinct anyone though. Sounds exciting! I went to jury duty once and just sat there for half a day until I was dismissed because the case was dismissed.
Post # 7
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: So its not a “guilty or not guilty” trial type thing? & I hope I don’t just sit there… I’ll make sure I bring my phone with me to play with if I get bored.
Post # 8
As PP have said, grand juries just decide whether there is enough evidence to indict someone of a crime–usually felonies, but misdemeanors can go in front of grand juries too sometimes (depending on the state you’re in). So there’s no “guilty or not guilty” in the grand jury job.