2013 Mississippi Code
Title 13 - EVIDENCE, PROCESS AND JURIES
Chapter 7 - STATE GRAND JURY ACT
§ 13-7-35 - Requirements for "True Bill" of indictment; place where indictment is to be tried [Repealed effective July 1, 2014]


MS Code § 13-7-35 (2013) What's This?

(1) In order to return a "True Bill" of indictment, twelve (12) or more state grand jurors must find that probable cause exists for the indictment and vote in favor of the indictment. Upon indictment by a state grand jury, the indictment shall be returned to the impaneling judge. If the impaneling judge considers the indictment to be within the authority of the state grand jury and otherwise in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, he shall order the clerk of the state grand jury to certify the indictment and return the indictment to the county designated by the impaneling judge as the county in which the indictment shall be tried.

(2) Indictments returned by a state grand jury are properly triable in any county of the state where any of the alleged conduct occurred. The impaneling judge to whom the indictment is returned shall designate the county in which the indictment shall be tried. If a multicount indictment returned by a state grand jury is properly triable in a single proceeding as otherwise provided by law, all counts may be tried in the county designated by the impaneling judge notwithstanding the fact that different counts may have occurred in more than one (1) county.

(3) In determining the venue for indictments returned by a state grand jury, the impaneling judge shall select the county in which the state and defendant may receive a fair trial before an impartial jury taking into consideration the totality of the circumstances of each case.

(4) When the indictment has been returned to the circuit clerk of the county designated by the impaneling judge, the capias shall be issued as otherwise provided by law. The indictment shall be kept secret until the defendant is in custody or has been released pending trial.

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