Grand Jury Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Grand Jury.

Grand Jury (noun)

A Grand Jury is a specially selected group of individuals, usually between 12-23 people, that convenes under the jurisdiction of a county or Federal court district. They are appointed annually. Their purpose is to examine the evidence presented by the prosecution and determine if there is sufficient cause to formally charge someone with a crime and proceed to trial.