Grand Jury Handbook

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Welcome to the Grand Jury

Welcome. You have just assumed a most important role in the administration of justice in your community. Service on the grand jury is one way in which you, as a responsible citizen, can directly participate in government. The grand jury has the responsibility of safeguarding individuals from ungrounded prosecution while simultaneously protecting the public from crime and criminals. The purpose of this handbook is to help you meet these responsibilities and be knowledgeable about your duties and limitations. Your service and acceptance of your duties as a serious commitment to the community is greatly appreciated.

This handbook was prepared by the staff of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia and provided to you by your district attorney’s office to help you fulfill your duties as a grand juror. It summarizes the history of the grand jury as well as the law and procedures governing the grand jury. This handbook will provide you with an overview of the duties, functions and limitations of the grand jury. However, the legal advice given to you by the court and by me and my assistants will provide a more comprehensive explanation of all of your responsibilities.

I sincerely hope you will find the opportunity to participate in the enforcement of the law an enlightening experience. My office and staff offer you our fullest cooperation and assistance as you undertake this important office. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

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