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grand jury

a jury, at common law, of 12 to 23 persons, designated to inquire into alleged violations of the law in order to ascertain whether the evidence is sufficient to warrant trial.
Compare petty jury.
Origin of grand jury
First recorded in 1490-1500, grand jury is from the Anglo-French word graund juree Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Ten in the morning, that's when the grand jury sit," the bookseller answered.

  • Every grand jury in Ireland has expressed itself in similar terms.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • I'll stay away from Chattanoogy till after the grand jury meets down there.

  • He obtained the approbation of the Principal, and the grand jury found a bill.

    The Teacher Jacob Abbott
  • There Burr was put under arrest and brought before a grand jury.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for grand jury

grand jury

(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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grand jury in Culture

grand jury definition

A jury that decides whether the evidence warrants bringing an accused person to trial. Once indicted (see indictment) by a grand jury, a person must stand trial.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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