where's lutzz when you need him? (hey, i hear an ambulance. i guess he's busy...
i think everyone's getting confused (by our judicial system? no way!!!
) between grand jury and petit jury. grand jury meets, at the discretion of the county attorney and judge (usually once a week) to determine if there is sufficient evidence for a person accused of a crime to be brought to trial.
petit jury is when the case then moves on to trial, and a jury is requested in either a civil or criminal court. the jury acts as the judge, or fact finder to determine guilt or innocence. this is the kind of jury we see on tv and in movies all the time.
i have been on both kinds. grand jury is just listening to lots of evidence, mostly from the arresting cop, and explanations of the laws that were broken from the county attorney. then you vote to "bill" or "no bill" the case, to either send it on to trial, or dismiss the case, respectively.