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Insight Denton: Can I make a criminal complaint directly to the Denton County grand jury?


Most criminal cases and complaints come through the Denton County District Attorney's Office, often filed by police or deputies and occasionally filed by individuals. However, an individual can mail a criminal complaint directly to the grand jury, too. 

A grand jury is assembled by a judge in a similar way to a trial jury. A trial jury meets daily to listen to and decide the fate of one case, but a grand jury in Denton County usually meets weekly for several months to hear many cases. The grand jury decides whether there is enough evidence to indict a person with a crime ("true bill") or not ("no bill"). 

The grand jury foreman has a key to a mailbox and is supposed to check it for complaints once a week. First Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck said it is rare for the grand jury to receive a complaint this way, but they do from time to time. One complaint came by mail last year, she said. 

The mailing address is: Denton County Grand Jury, P.O. Box 1271, Denton, TX 76202. 

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