This study is the result of a term of service on the GrandJury of Travis County by the author. Its aim is to make avail-able to future Texas grand jurors a general source of informa-tion on the functions and powers of the grand jury and of the juror's duties and responsibilities as a member of this impor-tant body. This brochure is in no way presented as a sub-stitute for the "charge to the grand jury" given by the district judge to each new grand jury, nor is it intended as a substitutefor any instructions or material that may be presented thisbody by either the judge or the district attorney.
There are perhaps few services more important to the wel-fare of the state than that of serving on a grand jury. In addi-tion to its responsibilities in connection with the criminalproceedings of this state, the grand jury is charged with theover-all responsibility of maintaining good and efficient gov-ernment on both the state and local levels. Its powers of in-vestigation into the organization and operation of govern-ment and of making recommendations are both far reachingand significant. The upholding of the fundamentals of justiceunder law is essential to a democratic government.
Both the Institute and the author are very appreciative of the assistance of various persons in the preparation of thisbrochure. Mr. Samuel David Ward, senior law student in theSchool of Law at The University of Texas during 1963-64,assisted with the research and Miss Charldean Newell, Re-search Associate, Institute of Public Affairs, checked the foot-notes for accuracy. Both Judge Mace B. Thurman, Jr. of the147th Judicial District Court and Judge Thomas I. McFarling,Corporation Court, Austin, Texas, read the study in manu-script form with the result that a number of their suggestionshave been incorporated herein.