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prosecution

  

      n  
1    the act of prosecuting or the state of being prosecuted  
2   
a    the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a person  
b    the proceedings brought in the name of the Crown to put an accused on trial  
3    the lawyers acting for the Crown to put the case against a person  
   Compare       defence       6  
4    the following up or carrying on of something begun, esp. with a view to its accomplishment or completion  


Crown Prosecution Service  
      n   (in England and Wales) an independent prosecuting body, established in 1986, that decides whether cases brought by the police should go to the courts: headed by the Director of Public Prosecutions  
   Compare       procurator fiscal     (Abbrev.)    CPS  
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