Preliminary versus grand jury - There is a big difference...

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There is a big difference between preliminary hearings and grand jury reviews. Preliminary hearings are done before a case in indicted by the prosecutor. These hearings must be requested by the by the defendant. However, even if one is a preliminary hearing is requested the prosecutor could indict the case before the hearing is held. If this is the case, there will be no preliminary hearing, because it must be done before the case is actually indicted. This type of hearing is presided over by a judge, who judges the case based on the facts submitted to decide whether or not the case needs to be continued or ended there. If the judge decides there is not enough probable cause the case can be dismissed at this point. However, the prosecutor can still override the judge and indict the case anyway, or they can agree with the judge and allow dismissal. A grand jury hearing is conducted by the grand jury. The grand jury is a panel of 18 people who

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