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Understanding indictments in New Jersey

If you have ever been confused about the criminal justice process or terms you hear related to it, you are not alone. Many New Jersey residents are also unsure about how this process works and that lack of understanding can be a scary thing when all of a sudden faced with a criminal charge. Getting a bit of clarity about what might happen is important at this time.

In some cases, a grand jury is established. Just how does a grand jury differ from a trial jury? According to the New Jersey Courts, one of the biggest differences between the two is that a grand jury does not at all determine a defendant's guilt or lack thereof. In fact, a grand jury is presented with information about a case before a trial ever takes place. The whole purpose of a grand jury is actually to ascertain whether or not a trial or further prosecution should take place.

A grand jury has 23 members instead of 12 on a trial jury. These 23 people review evidence and may even hear testimony from witnesses. They then either rule that the person should be charged as is and prosecution continues or that the evidence does not support further prosecution and the case is dismissed. In some situations, a reduced charge results and a case goes from the Superior Court to a Municipal Court.

If you would like to learn more about how the court and defense process works for cases in a Superior Court, please feel free to visit the crimes and grand jury page of our New Jersey criminal defense website.

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