Contact with a prosecutor
A person may come into contact with a prosecutor in different roles. For instance, anyone may become a victim of a crime, in which event he or she becomes an injured party in criminal proceedings. Likewise, anyone may become an eyewitness to crime, in which event his or her testimony may be required in criminal proceedings. The suspect of an offence becomes the accused only when the prosecutor decides to bring a charge on the basis of the information collected in the pre-trial investigation. In criminal proceedings, the accused is referred to as the defendant.