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noun
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.
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Origin of grand jury

First recorded in 1490–1500, grand jury is from Anglo-French graund juree
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British Dictionary definitions for grand jury

grand jury

noun
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 1948Compare petit jury
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Cultural definitions for grand jury

grand jury

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.

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