By Amaris Elliott-Engel
Of the Legal Staff
The state Supreme Court adopted rules today that will provide another avenue for prosecutors to bring charges against criminal defendants. Instead of just filing charges and going through preliminary hearings, prosecutors will now able to indict defendants through indicting grand juries.
Advocates for the change have said that an indicting grand jury would help alleviate witness intimidation, which is particularly a problem in urban Philadelphia.
Pennsylvania already has investigating grand juries.
See the rule changes here.
The Legal will have a more in-depth analysis on the potential impact of this change in an upcoming issue.