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Victims Rights Glossary
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Guardian Ad Ltiem A person appointed by the court to look after the interests of a minor. Grand Jury A group of 12 to 16 citizens who hear evidence presented by the prosecutor and determine if probable cause exists. Grand Jury hearings are in secret. Grand Jury (County) Group of 16 citizens drawn from Maricopa County to investigate in private criminal matters pertaining to Maricopa County when asked to do so by the County Attorney. There may be more than one County Grand Jury going at any time, each meeting twice a week. Evidence is presented by a prosecutor and witness (es). County Grand Juries typically hear cases involving drugs, murder, rape, burglaries, and assaults. County Grand Jury must decide by simple majority whether there is probable cause to believe the defendant committed the crime. County Grand Jury has the power to charge a crime by indictment; also may have the power to issue a report or presentment without charging a crime. A Grand Jury proceeding negates the need for a Preliminary Hearing.

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