CRFC THE AMERICAN JURY
BULWARK OF DEMOCRACY
About the Project
Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago
Chicago Historical Society
National Endowment for the Humanities
AN ONLINE RESOURCE GUIDE
The Grand Jury
Lessons and Activities

Jury Trials for the Classroom

Resources
from the Chicago Historical Society


Web Resources

Print Resources

Site Index

HISTORY AND PURPOSE

Origins of the American Jury

Formation of the American Jury

STRUCTURE

Grand Jury

Right of the Accused to Trial by Jury

Jury Selection: Voir Dire

Jury of One's Peers

Jury Deliberation

ISSUES

Evidence

Jury Nullification

Jury Trials and the Media

Jury Damage Awards

Comparative Jury Systems

FUTURE

Jury in American Society

Jury Reform

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?

This section of "The American Jury" provides resources and classroom strategies for examining the origins, powers, and purposes of the grand jury. It also includes activities and resources about certain concerns that have arisen in the work of both state and federal grand juries.

LIST OF LESSONS

The Grand Jury Lesson Plan

  1. Each One, Teach One
    Strategy
    Facts
  2. Grand Jury De-Brief
    Student Handout in MS Word
    Teacher Guide in MS Word
  3. Comparing Grand and Petit Juries
    Classroom Overhead in MS Word
    Teacher Guide in MS Word

Suggested Reforms of the Grand Jury:
A Summary

LINKS TO RELEVANT SITES

Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution

The History of the English and Colonial Grand Juries

Frequently Asked Questions about the Grand Jury System

Frequently Asked Questions about Grand Juries

Indictment by Grand Jury

Federal Grand Jury

Federal Grand Jury Reform Report & 'Bill of Rights'

Handbook for Federal Grand Jurors

Grand Jury Foreperson's Handbook

Access to Hiss [Grand Jury] Transcripts Granted


PRINT RESOURCES

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).


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