The Origins of Public Prosecution at Common Law

@article{Langbein1973TheOO,
  title={The Origins of Public Prosecution at Common Law},
  author={John H. Langbein},
  journal={American Journal of Legal History},
  year={1973},
  volume={17},
  pages={313-335}
}
  • John H. Langbein
  • Published 1 October 1973
  • History, Law
  • American Journal of Legal History
However fundamental he may appear to us, the public prosecutor was an historical latecomer. Judge and jury we can trace back to the high Middle Ages. But the prosecutor became a regular figure of Anglo-American criminal procedure only in Tudor times. Further, his appearance then has not been noticed in our historical literature, an especially remarkable omission when we discover that the prosecutorial office was originally lodged with a much-studied institution, the English magistracy. Ever… 
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See Holdsworth, op. cit. supra, note 11