Chapter 1. Finding And Presentment Of The Indictment of California Penal Code >> Title 5. >> Part 2. >> Chapter 1.
An indictment cannot be found without concurrence of at least
14 grand jurors in a county in which the required number of members
of the grand jury prescribed by Section 888.2 is 23, at least eight
grand jurors in a county in which the required number of members is
11, and at least 12 grand jurors in all other counties. When so found
it shall be endorsed, "A true bill," and the endorsement shall be
signed by the foreman of the grand jury.
When an indictment is found, the names of the witnesses
examined before the Grand Jury, or whose depositions may have been
read before them, must be inserted at the foot of the indictment, or
indorsed thereon, before it is presented to the Court.
An indictment, when found by the grand jury, must be presented
by their foreman, in their presence, to the court, and must be filed
with the clerk. No recommendation as to the dollar amount of bail to
be fixed shall be made to any court by any grand jury.
When an indictment is found against a defendant not in
custody, the same proceedings must be had as are prescribed in
Sections 979 to 984, inclusive, against a defendant who fails to
appear for arraignment.