Rule 556.9. Who May Be Present During Sessions of Indicting Grand Jury.
(A) The attorney for the Commonwealth, the alternate grand jurors, the witness under examination, and a stenographer may be present while the indicting grand jury is in session. Counsel for the witness under examination may be present as provided by law.
(B) The supervising judge, upon the request of the attorney for the Commonwealth or the grand jury, may order that an interpreter, security officers, and such other persons as the judge may determine are necessary to the presentation of the evidence may be present while the indicting grand jury is in session.
(C) All persons who are to be present while the indicting grand jury is in session shall be identified in the record, shall be sworn to secrecy as provided in these rules, and shall not disclose any information pertaining to the grand jury except as provided by law.
(D) No person other than the permanent grand jurors may be present during the deliberations or voting of the grand jury.
It is intended in paragraph (B) that when the supervising judge authorizes a certain individual to be present during a session of the indicting grand jury, the person may remain in the grand jury room only as long as is necessary for that person to assist the grand jurors.
See also Rule 556.10 concerning secrecy and disclosure of indicting grand jury proceedings.
Nothing in these rules precludes the supervising judge from permitting a witness to testify using two-way simultaneous audio-visual communication.
New Rule 556.9 adopted June 21, 2012, effective in 180 days.
Committee Explanatory Reports:
Final Report explaining the new rule published with the Courts Order at 42 Pa.B. 4153 (July 7, 2012).
The provisions of this Rule 556.9 adopted June 21, 2012, effective in 180 days, 42 Pa.B. 4140.
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