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Intake / Grand Jury Division

Intake / Grand Jury Division

Frank Crowley Courts Building - 133 N. Riverfront Boulevard, LB 19, Dallas, TX 75207
Telephone: (214) 653-3600 • Fax: (214) 653-5774

Law enforcement agencies file cases with the Intake/Grand Jury Division, which handles all Dallas County adult criminal offenses, from class B misdemeanors to first degree felonies and capital murder. The Intake/Grand Jury staff processes approximately 60,000 cases annually. Attorneys in the division examine each misdemeanor and felony case for both legal and factual sufficiency.

Because it is the duty of all prosecutors to see that justice is done, not simply to convict, cases are examined to determine if the facts merit being filed in the district or county criminal courts. Once misdemeanor offenses are accepted, intake attorneys draft pleadings, and the cases are then filed with the County Clerk’s Office. Once felony offenses are accepted by the DA’s Office, indictments are drafted by intake attorneys and the cases are presented to one of four grand juries, empaneled by Dallas County district judges. District judges select the specific grand jurors to serve for three months. These grand jurors are notified about the opportunity to serve by the Dallas County Central Jury Services Division.

If a grand jury determines (by a vote of nine members or more) that there is probable cause to indict a person, then a case will be true-billed. The Grand Jury Foreperson will sign the indictment, which will then be filed with the District Clerk. If a grand jury determines that there is not probable cause to indict (eight or less grand jurors vote to true-bill the case), then the case will be no-billed.

If defense attorneys have information that they would like to provide to a grand jury, they may prepare a written packet for presentation to the grand jurors and deliver it to the Grand Jury Window on the 11th floor of the Frank Crowley Courthouse. When it is in the best interest of both the defendant and the community, the Intake/Grand Jury Division also works with the DA’s Office’s diversion programs, moving defendants’ cases out of the state criminal justice system into alternative programs whose focus is on rehabilitation and treatment.

File NameFile Format
Grand Jury Presentationacrobat


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