The latest edition of the Hunt County grand jury begins its service today, as local prosecutors are scheduled to present evidence in felony cases for consideration by the 196th District Court.
The current grand jury is beginning a six-month term running through June, with hundreds of new indictments expected to be presented during the period.
The specifics of the cases which are presented to the grand jury are kept confidential until such time as the panel decides whether or not to issue indictments.
The grand jury can either issue indictments — or “true bills” — or determine its investigation did not find sufficient evidence to issue an indictment, in which case a “no bill” is issued.
The indictments are issued open and made public, or are issued sealed if the subject named in the indictment has yet to be arrested and arraigned on the pending charge.
The results of the today's session of the grand jury are expected to be made public by this evening.