You know the lawyers who try to make the jury believe the guy on trial for stealing the bananas actually stole the bananas? That team of lawyers is known as the prosecution.

The entire process of trying to convict someone of a crime is known as the prosecution, and if convicted, you may face prosecution. Any words with the root prosecute are connected to trying to prove someone’s guilt. You might often hear about "the prosecution's case" — that's their evidence. Or you might hear about a "prosecution witness" — someone who is supposed to tell jury members something that will convince them of the defendant's guilt.

Definitions of prosecution

n the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior

criminal prosecution
defence, defense, demurrer, denial
a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
double jeopardy
the prosecution of a defendant for a criminal offense for which he has already been tried; prohibited in the fifth amendment to the United States Constitution
Type of:
action, action at law, legal action
a judicial proceeding brought by one party against another; one party prosecutes another for a wrong done or for protection of a right or for prevention of a wrong

n the lawyers acting for the state to put the case against the defendant

defence, defense, defense lawyers, defense team
the defendant and his legal advisors collectively
Type of:
accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole

n the continuance of something begun with a view to its completion

Type of:
continuance, continuation
the act of continuing an activity without interruption

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