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Topic: LAW


pros‧e‧cu‧tion W3
1 [uncountable and countable]SCL when a charge is made against someone for a crime, or when someone is judged for a crime in a court of law:
prosecution for
Walters could face prosecution for his role in the robbery.
prosecution of
the prosecution of war criminals
The evidence is not sufficient to bring a prosecution against him.

the prosecution

SCL the lawyers who try to prove in a court of law that someone is guilty of a crime [↪ defence]:
3 [uncountable] formal when you do something that is your job:
the prosecution of her duties
people in a court of law: judge, magistrate, jury, defence British English/defense American English, prosecution, defendant, witness, attorney, lawyer, barrister British English, solicitor British English, district attorney American English

what happens in a court case:At the beginning of the trial, the person who is accused pleads guilty or not guilty to the charges against them. The lawyers for the prosecution try to prove that the defendant is guilty, and the lawyers for the defence try to prove that their client is innocent. The judge and the jury examine the evidence and listen to the testimony of the witnesses. At the end of the trial, the judge then sums up the case, and the jury then gives their verdict. If the person is found guilty, the judge sentences them to a period of time in prison, or orders them to pay a fine. If the person is found not guilty, they are released.

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