The National Prosecution Authority was reformed
The organisation of the National Prosecution Authority was reformed on 1 October 2019. The Office of the Prosecutor General and 11 local prosecutor´s offices merged into one single bureau called the National Prosecution Authority. It comprises the Office of the Prosecutor General that acts as the central administrative unit, and five prosecution districts: Southern Finland, Western Finland, Eastern Finland, Northern Finland and Åland.
The victim of a criminal offence is referred to as the injured party. The person suspected of having committed a criminal offence is referred to as the suspect during the pre-trial investigation and as the accused, or the defendant, at the trial. Furthermore, the prosecutor is one of the parties at the trial.
The independent National Prosecution Authority is a State authority and part of the judicial system. Its task is to ensure the realisation of criminal liability, i.e. that the proper statutory punishment is attached to a criminal act. In the decisions they make in prosecution matters, prosecutors are autonomous and independent administrators of justice.
The National Prosecution Authority is a key actor in the processing chain of criminal matters and is the only authority involved at all stages of processing a criminal matter.
- 81 538 Cases decided by prosecutors 2019
- 48,15 M € Expenditures of the prosecution service 2020
- 540 Person-years 2019
- 3,5 Well-being at work score 2019