One who prosecutes another for a crime in the name of the government. One who instigates the prosecution upon which an accused is arrested or who prefers an accusation against the party whom he suspects to be guilty, as does a district, county, or state's attorney on behalf of the state, or a United States Attorney for a federal district on behalf of the U.S. government. People v. Pohl, 47 Ill.App.2d 232, 197 N.E.2d 759, 764.
A District Attorney or any other public servant who represents the people in a criminal action. New York Penal Code, No. 1.20(31).
See also private prosecutor
- prosecutor of the pleas
- public prosecutor
- prosecutrix
@ private prosecutor
One who sets in motion the machinery of criminal justice against a person whom he suspects or believes to be guilty of a crime, by laying an accusation before the proper authorities, and who is not himself an officer of the government
Compare public prosecutor
@ prosecutor of the pleas
This name was given in New Jersey to the county officer who was charged with the prosecution of criminal actions, corresponding to the "district attorney" or "county attorney" in other states
@ public prosecutor
An officer of government (such as a state's attorney or district attorney) whose function is the prosecution of criminal actions, or suits partaking of the nature of criminal actions.
@ prosecutrix
/prosakyuwtraks/ A female prosecutor

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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