Research guides

Pennsylvania Jury Practice

Grand Jury

"A grand jury is a body of men and women who, according to law, are selected and summoned to serve before a competent court and are by such court impaneled, sworn, and charged to inquire with regard to crimes committed within its jurisdiction and to present all offenders against the law. It is an inquisitorial and accusatorial, rather than a trial, body." 38A C.J.S. Grand Juries § 1 (2008).

The resources below include information about grand jury practice in Pennsylvania.

Court Rules

Court rules may outline the procedures surrounding grand jury practice. The following rules focus on grand jury practice in Pennsylvania. Please note that additional rules may also apply.

Criminal Rules:

Pa.R.Crim.P. 556 et seq.: Indicting Grand Jury

Research Tip

For additional places to find Pennsylvania Court Rules, including in print and on the library's Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law computers, see the Pennsylvania Court Rules - State guide.

Member Databases

The following member database includes information about grand jury practice in Pennsylvania. Members must be logged in to jenkinslaw.org to access this database. This database is also available in the library.

Pennsylvania Law Encyclopedia
Available on the LexisNexis Digital Library. See "Courts", Chapter 10: Grand Jury (vol. 15).
Also on the library's Lexis computers and in print.

Onsite Print & Electronic

The following print resources include information related to grand jury practice in Pennsylvania. Some resources published by LexisNexis and West/Thomson Reuters may be available on the library's Lexis and Westlaw computers. See below for more information.

Pennsylvania Criminal Practice West
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See Chapter 15: Investigating Grand Jury. Library also has previous edition: see all.

Pennsylvania Law Encyclopedia LexisNexis
Also on the library's Lexis computers and the LexisNexis Digital Library.
See "Courts", Chapter 10: Grand Jury. Library also has previous edition: see all.

Standard Pennsylvania Practice 2d West
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See Chapter 133: Investigating Grand Juries and Informations. Library also has previous edition: see all.

Onsite PBI Publications

In conjunction with its continuing legal education courses, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) produces books related to grand jury practice in Pennsylvania. When a researcher has difficulty finding an answer in the manuals or form books, it is a good idea to turn to a PBI publication for guidance.

Criminal Law Symposium 2019
See Chapter EE: Investigating Grand Jury Practice.

Pennsylvania Criminal Procedure: Elements, Analysis, and Application
See Chapter 31: The Grand Jury: Subpoenas, Immunity, and Pennsylvania Practice.
Library also has previous editions: see all.

Understanding Pennsylvania Grand Jury Practice
Includes forms.