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The attorney who prosecutes defendants for crimes, in the name of the government.
State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, Superior Court Operations Division. “Glossary of Legal Terminology – Most Frequently Used Terms”
A trial lawyer representing the government in a criminal case and the interests of the state in civil matters. In criminal cases, the prosecutor has the responsibility of deciding who and when to prosecute.
National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)
A trial lawyer representing the government in a criminal case and the interests of the state in civil matters. In criminal cases, the prosecutor has the responsibility of deciding who and when to file charges.
California Superior Court. “English Legal Glossary” (2005)
Prosecutor is defined as an officer of the court charged with seeking the appropriate penalty for a defendant’s alleged criminal transgressions.
Drogin, Eric Y., et al. Handbook of forensic assessment: Psychological and psychiatric perspectives. Vol. 209. John Wiley & Sons, 2011.
Prosecutor is a government attorney who represents the citizens’ interests in criminal cases. The prosecutor charges crimes, takes cases to trial or negotiates pleas, makes recommendations at sentencing, and handles appeals.
Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. “Women’s Legal Rights Handbook” (2015)
Another definition of a prosecutor: a public officer who conducts criminal proceedings on behalf of the people (i.e., the government's attorney in a criminal case).
Colorado Bar Association. “Glossary of Legal Terms”
One who instigates a prosecution against another, by filing a complaint or making an accusation, and perhaps testifies on behalf of the state against the accused.
Missouri Press-Bar Commission. “News Reporter’s Legal Glossary” (2009)