Public Prosecutions Division
The role of Public Prosecutions in the justice system
Prosecutors are Agents of the Attorney General and represent the interests of the general public in the criminal justice system.
As a society, we share an interest in protecting ourselves from criminals and the damage they cause. Our law enforcement system investigates crime and prosecutes offenders. However, the justice system must also protect our valued rights and freedoms and convict only the guilty. The prosecutor’s job is to recognize these different and competing interests and conduct the prosecution's business in a way that best serves them all.
Prosecutors also have a duty to act in a way that strikes a fair balance between the competing interests of convicting the guilty, protecting citizens’ rights and freedoms and protecting the public from criminals. As a result, prosecutors do not work simply to get convictions. They are not the representatives of any special interest group. They do not act as the lawyers for victims of crime. Prosecutors represent the interests of all of us in ensuring that prosecutions are conducted in a diligent, competent and fair way that respects the rights of all citizens.