Prosecutors

In any criminal trial, the prosecution represents the state.
Prosecutors also decide which persons to charge with which crimes based on the available evidence. The prosecution and the defense are poised as opponents in the courtroom, but prosecutors have a substantial role in upholding defendants’ Sixth Amendment rights and working with the defense to ensure pretrial justice and early access to counsel.

What do I need to do to accomplish my role?

  • An understanding of and commitment to best practices for prosecutors
  • Reflection on your own actions that help or hinder delivery of Sixth Amendment rights
  • A willingness to learn from successful projects and model programs in other jurisdictions

How might I be hindering justice?

  • Not providing defendants with proper notice of the charges against them
  • Overcharging defendants to gain leverage in plea negotiations
  • Overcharging defendants to trigger certain procedural changes, e.g., transfer to a different court that provides an automatic right to counsel
  • Not disclosing evidence to the defense through discovery

News

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Anatomy of the Sixth Amendment Webinar

This is an exciting discussion regarding an interactive justice system planning exercise, the “Anatomy of the Sixth Amendment.” We were.
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How the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will help revamp law enforcement

Revived calls for criminal justice reform across the nation have prompted many law enforcement offices to pledge increased community input.
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New data tools show how unjust the criminal justice system really is for Black New Orleanians

The New Orleans City Council’s Criminal Justice Committee Tuesday unveiled a series of new data “dashboards,” including tools that allow.
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Texas Indigent Defense Commission: ACT Smart for Public Defense

ACT Smart for Public Defense is a web portal designed to help Texas jurisdictions use data and metrics to track progress.
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Maricopa County Superior Court testing virtual juries in civil cases

Arizona courts have made numerous changes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. From checking visitors’ temperatures at entrances to having.
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