Reform Grand Juries

Grand juries are usually thought to be for authorizing criminal prosecutions and to investigate public administration for evidence of misconduct. However, there is no limit to what a grand jury may consider, or on which it may report. This can be seen in the way legislative committees hold hearings to investigate problems with a view to developing or amending legislation. Essentially, a congressional hearing is a committee of Congress sitting as a grand jury. Various public commissions are also essentially grand juries by other names. We can list a few ways grand juries, perhaps by other names, might be used:

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Original URL: http://www.constitution.org/jury/gj/reform_grand_jury.htm
Maintained: Jon Roland of the Constitution Society
Original date: 1998/6/21 —