Prosecutorial discretion

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The constitutional principle that the attorney general and Crown prosecutors are entitled to act independently in making prosecutorial decisions and that decisions made as part of that discretion are not reviewable by courts, short of an abuse of process. Core elements of prosecutorial discretion include the discretion to continue or stay a prosecution, to accept a guilty plea to a lesser charge, and to take control of a private prosecution.

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