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prosecution

n. 1) in criminal law, the government attorney charging and trying the case against a person accused of a crime. 2) a common term for the government's side in a criminal case, as in "the prosecution will present five witnesses" or "the prosecution rests" (completed its case). (See: prosecute, prosecutor)

prosecution

(Criminal trial), noun action, bringing to trial, legal action, legal process, legal trial, litigation, pursuit by a law enforcement agency, suit, trial, undertaking
Associated concepts: criminal prosecution, lawful prosecuuion, pending prosecution, want of prosecution

prosecution

(Government agency), noun the govvrnment, the people, the prosecuting attorney, the state, state's attorney
Associated concepts: the prosecution
See also: action, arraignment, chase, complainant, complaint, cross-examination, proceeding, prosecutor, pursuit

PROSECUTION, crim. law. The means adopted to bring a supposed offender to justice and punishment by due course of law.
     2. Prosecutions are carried on in the name of the government, and have for their principal object the security and happiness of the people in general. Hawk. B. 2, c. 25, s. 3; Bac. Ab. Indictment, A 3.
     3. The modes most usually employed to carry them on, are by indictment; 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 132; presentment of a grand jury; Ibid. 133; coroner's inquest; Ibid. 134; and by an information. Vide Merl. Repert. mot Accusation.

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That the trial magistrate exercised his discretion wrongly, illegally and improperly in granting bond and in issuing the orders to have Deya released,' the prosecution said.
The question of possible prosecutions is central to the effectiveness of new Government measures to provide free abortions to women from Northern Ireland in NHS hospitals in England and Wales.
At the same ceremony, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Keith Yeung, SC, said that when it comes to upholding the rule of law, the Prosecutions Division adopts an unequivocal approach which is clear and emphatic and with no compromise.
edu/tracreports/environ/469/) analysis , released Monday by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, found federal environmental prosecutions in the first year of Donald Trump's presidency are on pace to be lowest since the clearinghouse began monitoring environmental prosecutions in 1997.
Summary: The Special Tribunal for Lebanon's Pretrial Judge Daniel Fransen held a status conference Tuesday with members of the prosecution and the defense to take stock of the two sides' progress as the trial date draws closer.
Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer is to review legal papers relating to abuse allegations against Jimmy Savile, David Cameron said today.
Summary: The performance of Dubai Public Prosecution (DPP) in 2011 exceeded the targets set by strategic objectives, Yousuf Hassan Al Mutawa, acting Attorney-General, said during the release of the annual report of the DPP.
The case was investigated by the military prosecution and then recently referred to State Security Prosecution before it was sent to an investigations judge.
In a major effort to raise public awareness of legal and judicial issues, Public Prosecution -- Dubai (DPP) has instituted an award for the best coverage of the forthcoming 6th International Association of Prosecutors Middle East and Asia & Pacific 2009 in the Arabic and English language media, taking place in Dubai next week under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai.
According to a media statement Tuesday, Dubai's Attorney General Essam Eisa Al Humaidan instructed that these four specialised prosecutions should start as of yesterday.
PEER found that referrals for new environmental criminal prosecutions government-wide have dropped by 54 percent from 2000 to 2005.
But as far as this reader can determine, this positioning boils down in practice to nothing more than the author's conviction that these prosecutions expressed male political power in imperial Spain.