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Due process in police-led prosecutions: Views of Ghanaian police prosecutors

AMAGNYA, Moses (2022) Due process in police-led prosecutions: Views of Ghanaian police prosecutors. International Journal of Police Science & Management. pp. 1-13. ISSN 1461-3557

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Criminal prosecutions led by police officers are integral to justice delivery in some common-law countries. The cooperation and participation of interested parties, particularly victims and witnesses, are important for successful prosecutions because most police prosecutors are not lawyers. Prosecutors adherence to due process when handling cases can secure parties’ willing cooperation and participation. However, is due processes followed during police-led prosecutions of criminal cases? This study uses interview data from police prosecutors to explore police-led prosecutions in Ghana. Results show that police prosecutors do not pay significant attention to pre-trial conferencing with disputed parties. In addition, prosecutors non-adherence to due process is aggravated by irregular training and professional development, inadequate professional competence, and lack of pre-trial procedural uniformity and clarity. Finally, the article discusses the implication of the results for theory and police prosecution policies.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an original manuscript of an article published by SAGE Publications in International Journal of Police Science & Management on 31st March 2022, available at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: police prosecution, police prosecutor, pre-trial conference, Ghana, due process, professional development, training
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Forensic Sciences and Policing
Depositing User: Moses AMAGNYA
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2022 10:00
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 14:03

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