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Prosecutor as a profession

The work of a prosecutor is diverse, independent and demanding handling of criminal matters, also involving international duties. Of all authorities handling a criminal matter, the role of the prosecutor is the most extensive. It reaches from the pre-trial investigation to the court proceedings. The primary duty of District Prosecutors working in the different Prosecution Districts is to ensure that a crime results in the punishment required by law.

There is a lot of interest in the field, so there are plenty of applicants for the open prosecutor positions. Prosecutors are required to have a Masters degree in Law other than Master of International and Comparative Law. Most prosecutors also have court training.

If a person appointed as a prosecutor does not have a sufficient amount of experience as a prosecutor or a judge, he or she can initially be appointed as a temporary junior prosecutor for a period of six months. During this period, the prosecutor is inducted in the work with a training programme arranged by the National Prosecution Authority.

Opportunity to specialise

Prosecutors have the opportunity to specialise in specific types of crime. Such areas of specialisation include

  • particular offences against persons
  • narcotics offences and organised crime
  • financial crime.

In addition to these areas of specialisation, particular training is provided in, for example, the work of a head of the investigation in criminal matters involving the police, military crime matters, and war and terrorism crime matters. The Prosecutor General separately appoints specific prosecutors to handle these matters.