…or the law will be looking for you
Individuals summoned for Uvalde County Grand Jury selection who fail to show up today will be picked up by Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office deputies and brought before 38th Judicial District Judge Camile DuBose.
Selection is set to begin at 9 a.m. in the 38th Judicial District Courtroom on the second floor of the Uvalde County Courthouse. Twelve jurors and four alternates are needed to make up a grand jury.
Failing to appear can result in a fine of up to $100 and a stint in the county jail.
Summons cards are mailed three weeks before the appearance date. After receiving a summons, residents can visit or call the district clerk’s office and ask to be excused. Accepted excuses are listed on the summons card.
Grand jurors report once a month for six months beginning at 9 a.m. and typically lasting until noon.
Grand jurors hear evidence in multiple cases, ask questions of prosecutors and law enforcement officers, have the opportunity to question witnesses and ultimately decide whether there is enough evidence to indict the accused. Unlike trial jurors, grand jurors don’t decide guilt or innocence.
A grand jury indictment is required for prosecution. The indictment is termed a “true bill,” while a decision not to indict is considered “no bill.”