|AN ONLINE RESOURCE GUIDE
|The Grand Jury|
Lessons and Activities
Jury Trials for the Classroom
from the Chicago Historical Society
HISTORY AND PURPOSE
Origins of the American Jury
Formation of the American Jury
Right of the Accused to Trial by Jury
Jury Selection: Voir Dire
Jury of One's Peers
Jury Trials and the Media
Jury Damage Awards
Comparative Jury Systems
Jury in American Society
Future of the American Jury
Enshrined in the 5th Amendment to the United States Constitution and used in over half of state courts, the grand jury is still one of the most mysterious and misunderstood institutions in the American legal system. What is its purpose? How does it work and what does it do? Is it a protection or a danger to liberty?
LIST OF LESSONS
LINKS TO RELEVANT SITES
Administrative Office of the United States Courts.Handbook for Federal Grand Jurors.
Alden, Bill. "Access to Hiss Transcripts Granted,"New York Law Journal, May 14, 1999.
Bendavid, Naftali. "Powerful Grand Jury System is Shrouded in Secrecy," Chicago Tribune, February 19, 1998.
Brenner, Susan."The Voice of the Community: A Case for Grand Jury Independence," Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law (1995).
Brenner, Susan."Is the Grand Jury Worth Keeping?"Judicature, Volume 81, Number 5 (March-April 1998).
Johnson, Kevin and Tom Squitieri."Grand Jurors Clearly Have Own Minds," USA Today, June 30, 1998.
Kennedy, Randall."Race and the Composition of Juries: Setting the Ground Rules," Race, Crime and the Law (1997: Vintage), Chapter 5, especially pp. 182-192.
Novak, Tim."Keeping Grand Jury's Secrets,"Chicago Sun-Times, September 18, 1998.
Turow, Scott."When a Secret Proceeding Has No Secrets,"New York Times (reprinted in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 12, 1998).