What is a grand jury?
The grand jury is a group of 23 men and women from Anne Arundel County who are impanelled to sit for six-month sessions. These groups meet to determine whether probable cause exists to indict with criminal charges. The State's Attorney brings cases before the grand jury that in most cases have already been charged by the police but need to be elevated to the Circuit Court. Occasionally prosecutors may bring evidence before a grand jury to determine if probable cause exists to file charges directly. The grand jury issues an indictment against the individual charged, thus initiating a case in Circuit Court.
How is a grand jury selected?
The group of 23 men and women from Anne Arundel County are selected from voter/motor registration.
How often does the grand jury meet?
The groups are impanelled to sit for six-month sessions and alternate meeting every other Friday.
Are defense attorneys allowed to participate?
No, defense attorneys do not take part in grand jury sessions.
Are grand jury sessions open to the public?
No, these sessions are not open to the public.