Public Prosecutor

Public prosecutors represent the attorneys-general in all criminal cases in magistrate courts.

Duties involve:
  • Studying police dockets brought to them, often for additional police investigation to build up a complete case. On the basis of the evidence, they decide to prosecute if the accused may reasonably be charged.
  • They also decide in terms of which law or regulation this should be done.
  • If it is decided to prosecute the accused, they summons the accused and subpoena the witnesses to appear in court, explaining and arguing all relevant evidence, whether against or in favour of the accused, to ensure that justice prevails.
  • They try to prove the transgression beyond reasonable doubt.
Companies to work for:
The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. They can also become lawyers or state advocates