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DEFINITION

Noun

A judicial official whose duty is to appear in court as a public prosecutor to prosecute the defendant, or conduct appeals.

ETYMOLOGY

  • The Mandarin term “主控官” is a paraphrase of the English “prosecutor”.
  • A prosecutor is a civil servant who the Public Prosecutor has authorised. The position is usually assumed by Deputy Public Prosecutors.
  • A prosecutor represents the public prosecutor and performs prosecutions related to criminal cases and other duties. These duties include appearing in court to conduct appeals, making property-related requests or applications, and authorising the police to conduct investigations.
  • Criminal proceedings in Singapore are mainly divided into two types: public prosecution and private prosecution. For minor crimes, the victim can file a lawsuit with the Magistrates’ Courts of the Subordinate Courts. This is known as a private prosecution. For more serious crimes, the prosecutor brings a lawsuit to court, which is called a public prosecution.
  • In Singapore, some simple criminal cases do not have to be prosecuted to court through the Attorney-General’s Chambers, thus improving the efficiency and speed of handling cases.

SAMPLE SENTENCE

Unlike the replies of regular agencies that require multiple layers of approval by the management before they can be issued, a prosecutor’s legal documents have already been submitted to the court, and do not require further deliberations or amendments by public relations personnel. (Lianhe Zaobao, 16/07/2017)
TERMS USED IN OTHER REGIONS

检察员, 公诉人 (Mainland China)