Grand Jury

Expanding and Reforming North Carolina’s Grand Jury System

A criminal case in North Carolina normally starts in District Court where, after a period of time and one or more “probable cause” dates at which a probable cause hearing is almost never held (at least in Wake County), the case is sent to a grand jury. In the meantime, the North Carolina grand jury…

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Probable Cause and the North Carolina Grand Jury

North Carolina laws provide three ways by which a case can be prosecuted in Superior Court, which is where all felonies must be tried. The prosecutor may request that a judge find probable cause that the person committed a crime after a hearing in open court. This is called a probable cause hearing. If the…

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