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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...
- 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?
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?
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 188.8.131.52 (talk) 08:42, 25 November 2010 (UTC)