The Grand Jury is a historic institution and serves an important role in our society. It is sometimes referred to as the “watchdog” of the community. The Court is responsible for appointing 18 Jefferson County Bessemer Division citizens to the Grand Jury each term. The Jefferson County Grand Jury Bessemer Division generally meets for one week every month. Special sessions and additional Grand Juries can be scheduled as needed.
The Grand Jury’s duty is to receive complaints and accusations in criminal cases, hear the evidence presented on the part of the State of Alabama, and determine if there is probable cause for an indictment or formal legal charge. The Grand Jury protects people against unfounded prosecution. No felony case in Alabama can be tried without an indictment returned by a grand jury.
The experience rewards Grand Jurors with the feeling that they have made their community a better place to live and have enhanced the freedoms we enjoy in this country by performing an important government service