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Sitting on a Grand Jury:

What are the requirements for sitting on a Grand Jury and what is the selection process and the composition of a Grand Jury?

Response: If you check the FAQ section of the Website you will find a summary of information about choosing grand jurors. Essentially, they come from the same pool of people as trial jurors; in the federal system and in many states, the pool of trial jurors comes from registered voters, though some states use drivers' license lists instead.

The judge then excuses people who qualify under the jurisdiction's statutes as exempt (which tends to be elderly people, people in security and emergency services, etc.), and selects a grand jury from those who remain and who can't show that serving would be a hardship. Unlike a trial jury, there is little, if any, inquiry into bias or prejudice.

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