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From the bench: What is a grand jury?

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You may be called to serve on one of two types of juries: a petit (trial jury) or a grand jury. Most people understand the purpose of a trial jury, but few have ever served on a grand jury. The purpose of a grand jury is very different.

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The prosecutor can request that a grand jury be convened to hear any type of case. A grand jury has the authority "...to inquire as to public offenses committed or triable in the county..." (Minnesota Statute 628.41)

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