The prosecutor is the chief legal representative of the prosecution in countries adopting the common law adversarial system or the civil law inquisitorial system. The prosecution is the legal party responsible for presenting the case against an individual suspected of breaking the law in a criminal trial.
Common law jurisdictions
Prosecutors are typically lawyers who possess a university degree in law and are recognized as legal professionals by the court in which they intend to represent the state. They usually only become involved in a criminal case once charges need to be laid. They are typically employed by an office of the government with safeguards in place to ensure such an office can successfully pursue the prosecution of government officials. Often multiple offices exist in a single country due to the various legal jurisdictions that exist.Being backed by the power of the state, prosecutors are usually subject to special professional responsibility rules in addition to th