Note: The comments and
questions on this page came from people who visited this website. Please feel free to send
your comments and questions to Professor Brenner (email@example.com).
She will respond privately, and may ask permission to post your message on
this page. No one's e-mail will be used without first obtaining their
permission, and names and e-mail addresses are removed before a comment is
posted. Starting in 2002, the responses
posted to the site indicate which of us replied: The initials SWB mean
Professor Brenner wrote the response; the initials LES mean Professor Shaw
wrote the response. We are also putting the year down, to indicate when the
response was posted. If no initials appear, Professor Brenner wrote the
Can I use a petition to get a grand jury
to start an investigation?
Can a citizen call for a grand
jury? If this is a process by petition how many people must sign and how
is it done?
Response: That depends on what
jurisdiction you're in. I believe citizens in some states (California, perhaps?) can call for
the empanelment of a grand jury by signing a petition, but I don't know which states
allow this. I suggest you call the clerk of your local court of general
jurisdiction (e.g., common pleas
court, circuit court, district court--the basic county
trial court) and ask if this can
done in your state. If it can, you might ask how
many signatures are required, etc. As an alternative you could call the local
prosecutor's office and ask them.