ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- A multijurisdiction grand jury has been empanelled for the first time in Central Virginia.
The Commonwealth's Attorneys for Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison and Spotsylvania counties recently empanelled the jury to help in the investigation and prosecution of violations of state law.
It will have the authority to investigate many criminal offenses, including murder, rape, crimes against children, abduction, bribery, sex offenses, computer crimes, drug offenses, human trafficking, extortion, perjury, embezzlement, money laundering, obstruction of justice, arson, robbery and more.
According to a release from Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Tracci, multijurisidiction grand juries promote the fact-finding process and multijurisdictional cooperation necessary to better investigate and prosecute crimes against citizens.
They also facilitate the investigation, indictment and prosecution of criminal offenses that cross jurisdictional boundaries.
Such grand juries can only be established if approved by the Virginia Supreme Court.