What is the Crown prosecutor's role?

Alberta Justice lawyers, employed as Crown prosecutors, are responsible for prosecutions under some federal statutes, such as the Criminal Code, and under provincial statutes.

In a typical case, the prosecutor's responsibilities include determining appropriate charges, discussions with defence counsel, preparing witnesses for court, examination and cross-examination of witnesses and presenting arguments respecting conviction and sentence.

The prosecutor's decisions are governed by the law including the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, legal tradition, Alberta Justice policy and the Law Society's Code of Conduct, which applies to all Alberta lawyers.