pros·e·cu·tion /ˌprä-si-'kyü-shən/ n
1: the act or process of prosecuting; esp: the institution and carrying on of a criminal action involving the process of seeking formal charges against a person and pursuing those charges to final judgment
2: the party by whom criminal proceedings are instituted or conducted compare defense 3, plaintiff

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (criminal thai) 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 prosecution, pending prosecution, want of prosecution II (government agency) noun the government, the people, the prosecuting attorney, the state, state's attorney associated concepts: the prosecution III index action (proceeding), arraignment, complainant, complaint, cross-examination, proceeding, prosecutor, pursuit (chase)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Criminal law is the contravention of rules imposed by the Crown. It is imposed by way of fines, imprisonment or other sanctions by the Crown or its various agencies which are given powers to prosecute under legislation; e.g. local authority trading standards officers (products), the Health and Safety Executive (workplace safety) and the Environment Agency.

Easyform Glossary of Law Terms. — UK law terms.

The act of prosecuting; the party prosecuting a case; a criminal action.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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).
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. A pursuing of a lawsuit or a criminal trial; the party pursuing a public defender criminal prosecution; the carrying out of any activity or plan.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

   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" (has completed its case).
   See also: prosecute, prosecutor

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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