The State Prosecutor is an independent and impartial institution responsible for prosecuting persons who are suspected of committing criminal offenses as well as for representing charges at the court on behalf of the state. Prosecutors must always perform their duties in accordance with the Constitution and applicable laws.
The state prosecutors are appointed by the President of the Republic of Kosovo upon proposal by the Kosovo Prosecutorial Council.
Some duties of prosecutors are as follows:
- Exercising prosecutorial functions in an independent, fair, objective and impartial manner and to ensure that all persons are treated equally before the law;
- Protecting the legal rights of victims, witnesses, suspects, accused and convicted persons;
- Undertaking the necessary legal actions for the detection of criminal offences and discovery of perpetrators, and the investigation and prosecution of criminal offences in a timely manner;
- Making decisions on the initiation, continuation or termination of criminal proceedings against persons suspected or accused of committing criminal offences;
- Filing indictments and represent them before the court.
The State Prosecutor includes: Basic Prosecutions, Appellate Prosecution, Special Prosecution, and Office of Chief State Prosecutor.
The Basic Prosecutors
The Basic Prosecutors: gare located in seven (7) regions of Kosovo, respectively in: Pristina, Gjilan, Prizren, Peja, Mitrovica, Gjakova and Ferizaj.
Each Basic Prosecutor consists of three (3) departments: the General Department, the Juvenile Department and the Serious Crimes Department;
Basic Prosecutors in these regions have competence for all cases in the first instance, unless otherwise provided by law.