What's it like to be a Prosecutor?
Prosecutors are qualified Lawyers who typically represent local, state or federal governments in courts of law. Their cases are usually of a criminal nature. As a Prosecutor, you’ll assess evidence, file charges and prosecute accused criminals. You’ll present your case in court while opposing Defence Lawyers, who represent the interests of the accused. Prosecutors have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of the charges they’re being accused of.
Tasks and duties
- Researching and investigating cases.
- Preparing for court cases by interviewing witnesses, victims, police, alleged perpetrators and other key parties to gather evidence which can later be used to build a case.
- Determining whether there is sufficient evidence for the matter to be brought to court.
- Presenting evidence and questioning the accused in court.
- Calling witnesses and cross-examining any witnesses called by the Defence Lawyer.
- Presenting and explaining evidence, including photographs, weapons, phone or text transcripts, computer evidence and biological evidence such as DNA.
- Calling upon experts to provide insight into evidence that’s technical or scientific.
- Filing motions and other court documents.
- Challenging the Defence Lawyer’s presentation of their case.
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How to become a Prosecutor
- Complete a Bachelor of Law that’s approved by the Law Society of the state or territory you want to practise in. This usually takes four years of full-time study. If you already have an undergraduate degree, you can study a Juris Doctor. This usually takes three years of full-time study.
- Complete Practical Legal Training (PLT) by undertaking workplace training under the supervision of an experienced lawyer. This usually takes up to 80 days. Alternatively, you can complete a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.
- Apply for admission with your state or territories’ Admissions Authority within 5 years of graduating from your degree.
- Complete an additional 18 to 24 months of supervised practice at a law firm to become eligible to apply for a Practising Certificate from your local Law Society.
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