The Grand Jury is a body of thirteen citizens of the County who meet to hear evidence of criminal activity, in order to determine if there is probable cause to require the defendant to stand trial in Criminal Court. Cases reach the Grand Jury by having been bound over by the General Sessions Court, or by having the cases presented directly to them by the District Attorney's office. If the Grand Jury determines there is probable cause to require the person to stand trial, they will return either a true bill of indictment, or a presentment. If the Grand Jury does not find probable cause, it will then return a No True Bill indictment, and the person will be discharged. After the Grand Jury has returned an indictment or presentment, the defendant will be brought into Criminal Court for arraignment.
It is also the duty of the Grand Jury to inquire into the condition and management of prisons and other buildings and institutions of the county, inquire into the condition of the country treasury, into any abuse of office by state or local officers , and to report the results of its actions to the court.
Contained on this page are recent reports prepared by each Grand Jury, as to its findings and recommendations during its term of service.
Office of the District Attorney General
Washington Square, Suite 500
222 2nd Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37201 - 1649
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. M - F
Phone (615) 862-5500 | Fax (615) 862-5599