Who are the people involved in the prosecution process?

Who are the people involved in the prosecution process?

There are many people involved including the police, prosecutors, defence lawyers, judges and the jury. In this section you can read about the five steps of the prosecution process. The police are responsible for investigating crime. They will take statements and gather evidence about any possible offences.

How does the Public Prosecution Service make a decision?

They will decide whether that evidence is sufficient to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction and, if it is, whether prosecution is in the public interest. This is known as the Test for Prosecution and you can read more about how prosecutors reach decisions in our Prosecution Guidance section.

When does a Prosecutor decide to prosecute a case?

If the decision is to prosecute the prosecutor will also decide the appropriate charges to be brought against the defendant. If the defendant is an adult, a prosecutor will also decide whether a case should be prosecuted in the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court.

Can a prosecutor make an alternative to prosecution?

In less serious cases, a prosecutor may decide that a case can be dealt with by an alternative to prosecution. You can also read more about alternatives to prosecution by clicking the link. If the decision is to prosecute the prosecutor will also decide the appropriate charges to be brought against the defendant.

Why are people being prosecuted for coming to the United States?

This so-called “streamlined” process deprives migrants of an individualized hearing and raises serious due-process concerns. Individuals criminally prosecuted for entry-related offenses are entitled to a lawyer, which is provided by the U.S. government if the individual cannot afford private counsel.

How is the criminal prosecution process in Australia?

The criminal prosecution process can be long and complex, and involves a host of people, ranging from investigators, prosecutors and court staff to the defendant and their solicitors.

Which is the most important step in the prosecution process?

The decision whether or not to prosecute is the most important step in the prosecution process. A prosecution will be instituted when there are: the public interest requires a prosecution.

Are there any cases of prosecutors abusing their authority?

A ProPublica analysis of more than a decade’s worth of state and federal court rulings found more than two dozen instances in which judges explicitly concluded that city prosecutors had committed harmful misconduct. In each instance, these abuses were sufficient to prompt courts to throw out convictions.