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NCJ Number: NCJ 242463    
Title: Prosecutor in Swedish Law (From Prosecutors and Politics: A Comparative Perspective, P 141-165, 2012, Michael Tonry, ed. - See NCJ-242458)
Author(s): Petter Asp
Date Published: 2012
Page Count: 25
  Annotation: This paper examines the role of the prosecutor in Swedish law.
Abstract: Prosecutors in Sweden are not elected. They are selected meritocractically under procedures that are nonpartisan and nonpolitical. They are career civil servants but of a special-highly autonomous-kind. The Swedish prosecutor has three main tasks: to conduct the investigation of an offense (with the assistance of the police), to decide whether or not to prosecute, and to represent the state once a case comes to court. The main principles that apply to the work of the prosecutor are the principle of legality (i.e., in principle, cases have to be investigated and taken to trial if there is reason to expect a conviction) and the principle of impartiality (the prosecutor should also take into account factors that point in favor of the defendant). High importance is also attached to the value of equality (the result should ideally be the same no matter who the prosecutor is or where in Sweden the case is dealt with). (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Prosecutors
Index Term(s): Prosecution model ; Prosecution ; Foreign criminal justice systems ; Foreign courts ; Prosecutor training ; Foreign policies ; Sweden
Sale Source: University of Chicago Press
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Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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