South Dakota; A Republic of Friends
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ..."We find for the plaintiff in the sum of $ and the costs and disbursements of this action, or "We find for the defendant," in which case the plaintiff must pay the costs of the trial. The Jury Grand Jury. It is the duty of the grand jury to investigate causes of crime and accuse any who should be tried. In the United States courts the grand jury always meets for this purpose, but in South Dakota a grand jury is not called unless the circuit judge considers it necessary or desirable. In the United States courts the grand jury consists of from fifteen to twentythree men; in South Dakota, of from six to eight men. The grand jury sits in secret; the state's attorney is its legal adviser; and it usually examines only the witnesses against a suspected person. The grand jury does not decide whether a man is guilty, but simply whether there is enough evidence against a person to accuse him and have him arrested and tried. The accusation may take one of two forms, (a) An indictment (in-dite'ment) is an accusation drawn up by the state's attorney and approved by the grand jury, (b) A presentment is an accusation made by the grand jury independent of the state's attorney. Petit Jury. The duty of the petit jury is to hear evidence in trials and decide cases. The petit jury consists of twelve men. In criminal cases all must agree in a verdict, but in nearly all civil cases involving no more than one hundred dollars, three-fourths of the jury may decide the case. In justice courts the jury usually consists of six men. How Summoned. Two hundred names of competent persons are chosen from assessors' lists of the various townships, towns, and cities of the county. The clerk of the courts, county auditor, county treasurer and sheriff select...
- 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
- 13 Sep 2013
- United States
- black & white illustrations