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NCJ Number: 68914 Find in a Library
Title: GRAND JURY - AN INSTITUTION UNDER FIRE
Corporate Author: Pacific Street Film Library
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Sponsoring Agency: Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Pacific Street Film Library
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
Sale Source: Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

Pacific Street Film Library
P.O. Box 315
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS FILM DESCRIBES THE MODERN GRAND JURY, PRESENTS THE HISTORY OF GRAND JURIES IN ENGLAND AND IN THE U.S., DISCUSSES SPECIFIC GRAND JURY ABUSES, AND SUGGESTS SOME POSSIBLE REFORMS.
Abstract: THE MODERN GRAND JURY IS A BODY OF CITIZENS NUMBERING FROM 12 TO 23 WHOSE TASK IS TO DECIDE IF THE PRESENTATION OF EVIDENCE IS SUFFICIENT TO WARRANT A TRIAL. AGREEMENT MUST BE UNANIMOUS. GLIMPSES OF THE GRAND JURY PROCESS ARE SHOWN USING INTERVIEWS WITH JURORS IN ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.H., ONE OF THE 21 STATES STILL USING THE SYSTEM. THE FILM BRIEFLY DESCRIBES THE HISTORY OF GRAND JURIES, FROM THE 16-MEMBER PANELS OF 12TH CENTURY ENGLAND TO THE PRESENT. PARTICULAR GRAND JURY ABUSES ARE DISCUSSED, INCLUDING PROSECUTORIAL POWERS THAT PERMIT A WIDE RANGE OF WITNESSES AND DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBPOENAED, ABUSE AND HARASSMENT OF WITNESSES, AND LACK OF CERTAIN COURTROOM PROTECTIONS SUCH AS THE PRESENCE OF A COURT REPORTER. THE USE AND ABUSE OF IMMUNITY AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT TOOL IS ALSO DISCUSSED. THE FILM OUTLINES SOME ATTEMPTS AT REFORM BY SUCH ORGANIZATIONS AS THE COALITION TO END GRAND JURY ABUSE, DISCUSSES THE PROS AND CONS OF ELIMINATING GRAND JURIES (ENGLAND ABOLISHED THE GRAND JURY IN 1948), AND SUGGESTS ADOPTING SUCH CONSTITUTIONAL SAFEGUARDS AS THE RIGHT OF THE WITNESS TO COUNSEL TO PREVENT FURTHER ABUSE.
Index Term(s): England; Films; Grand juries; New Hampshire; Prosecutors; United States of America; Witness immunity
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