Roles of the prosecutor

Rolesof the prosecutor

Rolesof the prosecutor

Aprosecutor plays a major role in the adjudication process in acriminal case. The main role of the prosecutor in a court trial is topersuade the judge or the jury that the defendant is guilty of thecrime he or she has been accused of committing. The prosecutor hasthe principle role of presenting the government case and provingguilty. In some jurisdictions, the prosecutor is involved in theinitial stages of the case, including selection of the jury, where hecan be allowed to interview the potential members of the jury. Theprosecutor will then present the case to the jury on behalf of thegovernment. In presenting the case, the prosecutor has theresponsibility of information the court on the circumstances andfacts supporting the proceedings against the defendant. In additionto enumerating the harms inflicted on the victim or victims, theprosecutor can suggest the sentencing range according to hisassessment of the crime and provision in the law. It is also theresponsibility of the prosecutor to identify specific provisions andlegislations that are relevant to the case. The prosecutor will doanything reasonable within the legal regulation to ensure that thecourt acts based on true information. He is also obligated to givesubmissions on the appropriate punishment and guiding the judges inthe jury to avoid erroneous judgment. The prosecutor also has theresponsibility of cooperating with the defense counsel in regards tocase preparation, evidence and witnesses. However, the prosecutorshould not play the role of the victim’s counsel or theinvestigating agency lawyer (Champion et al, 2012, John &amp Elaine,2008).


Champion,D. J., Hartley, R. D., &amp Rabe, G. A. (2012). Criminalcourts: Structure, process, and issues(3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

John,L W., &amp Elaine, N. (2008). Thechanging role of the American prosecutor.Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press.