ADVICE OF “RIGHTS” OF GRAND JURY WITNESSES

The following material is quoted from the United States Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Manuel, §9-11.150.

 

“It is the policy of the Department of Justice to advice a grand jury witness of his or her rights if such witness is a “target” or “subject” of a grand jury investigation.

 

A “target” is a person as to whom the prosecutor or the grand jury has substantial evidence linking him or her to the commission of a crime and who, in the judgment of the prosecutor, is a putative defendant.

 

A “subject” of an investigation is a person whose conduct is within the scope of the grand jury’s investigation.”

 

 

Advice of Rights

 

The grand jury is conducting an investigation of possible violations of federal criminal laws involving: (State here the general subject matter of inquiry…)

 

You may refuse to answer any question if a truthful answer to the question would incriminate you.

 

Anything you say may be used against you by the grand jury or in a subsequent legal proceeding.

 

If you have retained counsel, the grand jury will permit you a reasonable opportunity to step outside the grand jury room to consult with counsel if you do so desire.

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