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Unformatted text preview: HANDBOOK HANDBOOK HANDBOOK HANDBOOK HANDBOOK FOR FOR FOR FOR FOR FEDERAL FEDERAL FEDERAL FEDERAL FEDERAL GRAND GRAND GRAND GRAND GRAND JURORS JURORS JURORS JURORS JURORS Prepared for the use of grand jurors serving in the United States district courts under the supervision of the Judicial Conference of the United States. Published by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Washington, D.C. 20544. CONTENTS PURPOSE OF THIS HANDBOOK........................ 1 ORIGIN AND HISTORY OF THE GRAND JURY..... 1 NATURE OF THE GRAND JURY .......................... 3 (1) The Grand Jury’s Tasks ......................... 4 (2) Investigation ....................................... 5 SELECTION OF GRAND JURORS ........................ 5 ORGANIZATION, OATH, AND OFFICERS OF THE FEDERAL GRAND JURY ..................................... 6 PROCEDURE .................................................... 7 (1) Quorum.............................................. 7 (2) Evidence Before the Grand Jury ............ 7 (3) Questioning the Witness...................... 8 (4) Calling the Person Under Investigation as a Witness........................................ 9 (5) The Evidence Needed Before a “True Bill” May Be Voted .................................... 10 (6) Deliberations......................................11 SECRECY ........................................................ 12 PROTECTION OF GRAND JURORS ................... 13 PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS FOR GRAND JURORS.............................................. 13 GLOSSARY OF TERMS ..................................... 15 1 PURPOSE OF THIS HANDBOOK This Handbook will acquaint persons who have been selected to serve on a federal grand jury with the general nature and importance of their role as grand jurors. It explains some of the terms that grand jurors will encounter during their service and offers some suggestions helpful to them in performing this important public service. It is intended that this Handbook will, to a degree, repeat and provide a permanent record of much of the information presented in the grand jury orientation film, The People’s Panel, which in most districts is shown to grand jurors at the commencement of their service. Grand jurors are encouraged to refer to this Handbook periodically throughout their service to reacquaint themselves with their duties and responsibilities. This Handbook is designed as an aid only to persons serving on a federal - not a state - grand jury. The federal grand jury is concerned only with federal crimes; it derives its authority from the Constitution of the United States, national laws, and the rules of the federal courts. There are also grand juries impaneled in many of the states, but those grand juries investigate only state crimes; they derive their authority from the constitutions, laws, and rules of court of the states where they are impaneled....
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course POLY SCI 179 taught by Professor Ormes during the Spring '08 term at UC Irvine.

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