Our role in the criminal justice system

Our role in the criminal justice system is to represent the State in the prosecution of the most serious crimes that occur in South Australia. These are referred to as ‘indictable’ matters.

In performing this role, a prosecutor must play his or her part in securing a fair trial for persons accused of criminal offences.  The primary obligation on a prosecutor is one of fairness.  A fair trial is one that results in justice being done  i.e. conviction of the guilty as well as acquittal of the innocent.  A fair trial may be described as one where all relevant credible evidence is presented, tested and adjudicated upon according to law.  The obligations of the prosecution to the various parties from  those concepts.  A prosecutor has obligations, to varying degrees, to the Court (judge and jury), the community, the accused, victims, witnesses and defence counsel.