Talk:Private prosecution

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Article is written entirely about Private Prosecution in England and Wales but the 'Notable private prosecutions' are from the US and Canada. There is a load of material on how the system works in Canada to be found here...

but I don't have time to edit the article right now. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:19, 15 May 2009 (UTC)

Unless I am seriously mistaken, private prosecutions are essentially impossible in the United States; the states generally reserve that right for themselves, and since federal crimes are either (a) defined to give federal agencies jurisdiction or (b) intended to cover federal government employees, so nobody tries to pursue those cases anyway. They may also have reserved that right by statute; I can see no constitutional reason why they couldn't. Lockesdonkey (talk) 04:38, 27 January 2010 (UTC)

Does it ever happen?[edit]

This article doesn't address the most obvious questions.

1)How often do PPs happen? 2)How often do they actually result in a conviction?

BillMasen (talk) 21:33, 21 November 2010 (UTC) answer to question 2 ALL UNPAID FINES ARE CONVICTIONS — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:14, 19 July 2011 (UTC)

What about?[edit]

What about shoplifting and parking prosecutions? In the courts I've seen "police prosecutors" (who are a kind public prosecutor, but not lawyers and not from the public prosecutors dept), tax officials, and a barrister representing the local council. I think that limiting the description just to "public" and "private" may be over-simplifying. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:42, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

Local Authorities in the UK are considered a special case of a private prosecutor - some legislation limits prosecution to e.g. the Local Weights and Measures Authority. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:24, 31 May 2017 (UTC)