The Facts About Your Montgomery County Grand Jury
"What is your Montgomery County Grand Jury?"
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 Montgomery County citizens to the Grand Jury each term. The Montgomery County Grand Jury generally meets for one week every month. Special sessions and additional Grand Juries can be scheduled as needed.
"What does the Grand Jury actually do?"
Its 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
The Facts About Serving As A Grand Juror
"What are your obligations?"
A grand juror generally serves for two weeks over two months before being discharged. There is a significant time commitment that comes with serving as a Grand Juror. Grand Jury meetings are confidential and cannot be discussed publicly. The Alabama State Legislature determined it is essential to the fair and impartial administration of justice that all Grand Jury proceedings be secret and the secrecy remain inviolate.
"Is compensation provided?"
Yes. Although this is primarily a civic responsibility, you are paid an expense allowance of $10 per day for jury service and reimbursement for mileage from the Administrative Office of Courts.
"What are the hours of service?"
Generally, the hours of service are 8:00am - 5:00pm, M-F, with a break for lunch.
"Where do I park?"
Parking is provided in the Montgomery County parking deck on the corner of Scott Street and South Lawrence Street. (see map below for additional details)
"What do I wear?"
Appropriate dress is required. We ask that jurors refrain from wearing shorts, cutoffs, T-shirts, tank tops or halter tops while on jury duty. Jurors are requested to dress in a manner that is respectful to the Court. The courtrooms are generally very cool; therefore, you may want to bring a sweater or jacket.
"What if my employer wants proof of my service?"
At your request the Grand Jury Coordinator will provide you with proof of service.