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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Saskatchewan Justice

Prosecutors are independent of both the police and the courts. While the police, the courts and prosecutions have responsibilities to each other, each also has legal duties that separate them from the others.

In Canada, a prosecutor does not direct police investigations, though she or he may be asked to provide legal advice or assistance to the police. The police are free to lay whatever charges they feel proper. Once the police have laid a charge, the prosecutor is free to decide if he or she will prosecute it.

The prosecutor also does not direct the actions of the courts. When the prosecutor appears before a court to present a case, he or she enjoys no greater right to be heard, no greater right to present a case and no greater access to the judge than the defendant.



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