Legal Definition and Related Resources of Prosecution

Meaning of Prosecution

The proceeding with, or following up of, any matter in hand. The proceeding with any suit or action at law. The institution and carrying on of a suit or proceeding to obtain or enforce some right or the process of trying formal charges against an offender before a legal tribunal . Sigmon v Com., 105 S.E.2d 171, 200 Va. 258.

Prosecution Alternative Definition

The conducting or carrying forward of a judicial proceeding. The means adopted to bring a supposed offender against the criminal law to punishment by due course of law.

Synonyms of Prosecution

(Criminal trial), noun

  • action
  • bringing to trial
  • legal action
  • legal process
  • legal trial
  • litigation
  • pursuit by a law enforcement agency
  • suit
  • trial
  • undertaking
  • Associated Concepts: criminal prosecution
  • lawful prosecution
  • pending prosecution
  • want of prosecution

(Government agency), noun

  • the government
  • the people
  • the prosecuting attorney
  • the state
  • state’s attorney Associated Concepts: the prosecution

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Prosecution in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Arraignment, Autrefois Acquit, Entrapment, Flight, Frame, Grand Jury, Hypothesis, Incrimination, Judicial Proceeding, Limitation Of Actions, Malicious Prosecution, Not Guilty, Proceeding, Process, Search, Self-incrimination, Total Disability.

Translate Prosecution from English to Spanish

Translation of Prosecution , with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Procesamiento and other legal terms is available here.

Translate Witness For the Prosecution from English to Spanish

Translation of Witness For the Prosecution , with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Testigo de cargo and other legal terms is available here.


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Prosecution in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of prosecution.


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Prosecution

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1560s, “action of pursuing,” from Middle French prosecution (late 13c.) and directly from Late Latin prosecutionem (nominative prosecutio) “a following,” noun of action from past participle stem of prosequi (see prosecute). Meaning “legal action” is from 1630s.

Meaning of Diversion (from Prosecution) in Spanish

Description/ translation of diversion (from prosecution) into Spanish: suspensión del encausamiento o de la persecución a prueba; diverted charge: suspensión condicional del encausamiento; a diverted person: persona en situación de encausamiento suspendido; pre-trial diversion: renuncia condicional a la acusación (por parte del fiscal); post-trial diversion: suspensión condicional del cumplimiento de la pena (impuesta por el órgano juzgador); divertee: beneficiario de una diversion; to divert a case: renunciar el fiscal condicionalmente a presentar cargos; period of diversion: período durante el cual el encausado debe cumplir las condiciones impuestas en la diversion[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where diversion (from prosecution) belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Diversion (from Prosecution) published by Antonio Peñaranda

Meaning of Prosecution in Spanish

Description/ translation of prosecution into Spanish: encausamiento, enjuiciamiento, procesamiento; institute a prosecution = file a prosecution = to find a charge = (in the law of England and Wales/ en el derecho de Inglaterra y Gales) to lay an information: incoar una causa penal; discontinue a prosecution: abandonar una acusación; selective prosecution: encausamiento selectivo; multiple murder prosecution: proceso por delitos múltiples; right to compel prosecution: derecho a exigir el encausamiento; malicious prosecution: acusación de mala fe; director of public prosecutions (in the law of England and Wales/ en el derecho de Inglaterra y Gales): jefe de todos los servicios de la Fiscalía; equivale al Fiscal General del Estado en el derecho español[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where prosecution belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Prosecution published by Antonio Peñaranda


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

Justice System: prosecution



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