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      CCRP 411     


Art. 411.  Drawing of grand jury venire; disposition of slips; jury box; subpoena of persons on grand jury venire

A.  Upon order of the court, the jury commission shall select by drawing indiscriminately and by lot from the general venire box the names of a sufficient number of not less than fifty persons from which to empanel a grand jury, with the number to be specified by the court in its order, who shall constitute the grand jury venire.  Alternatively, the grand jury venire may be drawn with the use of a properly programmed electronic device.  A grand jury venire shall not be drawn from a general venire containing fewer than three hundred names.

B.  The slips containing the names of the persons so drawn shall be placed in an envelope which shall be sealed and the words "Grand Jury Venire" written thereon.

C.  The sealed envelope shall be placed in a box labeled "Grand Jury Box", which shall be locked and sealed and placed in the custody of the clerk of court for use at the next term of court, subject to the orders of the district court, as hereinafter provided.

D.(1)  The clerk shall prepare subpoenas directed to the persons on the grand jury venire, ordering their appearance in court on the date set by the court for the selection of the grand jury, and shall deliver the subpoenas to the sheriff for service.

(2)  The sheriff, at the election of the district judges of the judicial district in which the parish lies, may serve such subpoenas by:

(a)  Personal or domiciliary service, or by registered, certified, or regular mail addressed to the juror at his usual residence or business address.

(b)  When the service is by mail, the date of mailing shall be not less than fifteen days prior to the date on which the addressee is subpoenaed to appear.

(c)  When service is by registered or certified mail, the sheriff shall attach to his return the return receipt of delivery from the United States Post Office showing the disposition of the envelope bearing the summons to the juror.

(d)  When service is by regular mail, the return shall show the date of mailing.  In case of service by regular mail, prior to any contempt citation, the person shall be served by registered or certified mail with return receipt requested.

(3)  The return, with the attached return receipt of delivery, when received by the clerk, shall form part of the record and shall be considered prima facie correct and shall constitute sufficient basis for an action to cite persons for contempt for failure to appear in response thereto.

Amended by Acts 1968, No. 141, §1; Acts 1970, No. 297, §1; Acts 1972, No. 755, §1; Acts 1977, No. 552, §1; Acts 1987, No. 281, §1; Acts 2001, No. 281, §1; Acts 2010, No. 347, §1.

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