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Are there standard forms of indictments or
Is there any form of "complaint,"
as it were, that is used to bring someone before a grand jury? Is there any standard form of indictment? Are you aware of any
web-sites that would have examples of these?
Response: Bringing someone before
a grand jury is done by means of a subpoena, not an indictment. I'm not aware of any sites that have form
federal grand jury subpoenas--you can either try to find one with a search
engine or you could go to a law library and ask a reference librarian to find a
form for you (they'll have plenty). In some states, like California, a grand
jury inquiry can be initiated by a complaint filed by a citizen. If you'd like to see
the form for such a complaint, check here:
Finally, there is no standard form indictment in the
federal system, though the Department of Justice has forms for drafting charges in an indictment.
Many states have form indictments in their statutes; you'd have to check
the statutes for your jurisdiction.