What is a grand jury?

A grand jury has broad powers to investigate a wide range of criminal offenses and to examine the performance of public officials and public institutions.  Its deliberations are conducted in secret, in conjunction with the State Attorney or a designated Assistant State's Attorney.  The grand jury consists of members who serve a two-month term of duty with the court.  If there is sufficient evidence, person(s) indicted and charged with a crime will appear before a judge.

Grand jurors' names are selected from the same source list as petit jurors. They are paid on the same basis as trial jurors.

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1. What is the role of the Jury Coordinator?
2. Where is the Jury Coordinator located?
3. Who can serve?
4. Where can I receive general information?
5. How did I get selected for jury duty?
6. Do I still need to report?
7. How long will I be there?
8. Is everyone required to serve?
9. May I be excused for personal reasons?
10. Will I get paid?
11. Where do I park?
12. What type of clothing is appropriate?
13. What do I do if I need special accommodations?
14. What is a petit jury?
15. What is a grand jury?
16. What is a coroner's jury?