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grand jury

noun
1.
a jury, at common law, of 12 to 23 persons, designated to inquire into alleged violations of the law in order to ascertain whether the evidence is sufficient to warrant trial.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; < Anglo-French graund juree
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  • He was immediately suspended from his job and, four months later, was indicted by a grand jury.
British Dictionary definitions for grand jury

grand jury

noun
1.
(law) (esp in the US and, now rarely, in Canada) a jury of between 12 and 23 persons summoned to inquire into accusations of crime and ascertain whether the evidence is adequate to found an indictment. Abolished in Britain in 1948 Compare petit jury
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grand jury in Culture

grand jury definition


A jury that decides whether the evidence warrants bringing an accused person to trial. Once indicted (see indictment) by a grand jury, a person must stand trial.

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