The grand jury is the means by which people who volunteer from every walk of life work to ensure that the institutions of government are responsive and fair to those who are governed. It also protects minority opinions or unpopular causes from persecution or prosecution. The grand jury concept has a long history and has adapted throughout the centuries to meet the needs and conditions of each time period.

Grand juries perform two primary roles. One is to evaluate the validity of charges being brought by a prosecutor, if the charges are not reviewed by a judge, to ensure that they are not frivolous or ungrounded. The other is to inquire into, and investigate if necessary, the operations of local government agencies and officials to ensure that activities are valid and services are efficiently and legally provided. In both instances, the secrecy of the grand jury's deliberations is a common thread that ensures independent and objective consideration of facts brought before it.

Cynthia Ussery, Foreperson Dominica Mateo George Marsters
Douglas Hastain Pamela Schoch Joshua Neumann
Steven Hendry Glenn Jacobs Lori Beaver
Jeannette Souza Leland Noll Cynthia Connelly
Alyssa Cordova Valerie Stilwell Nancy Hanson
Laurel Hill-Ward Ciara Fiack Shelley Keener
Michele Mormann    

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