Request for Prosecution

The request for prosecution process is uniform across different jurisdictions.

The following links provide Business Process Flow Diagrams for the Request for Prosecution Business Function:

Primary Flow
Request for Prosecution-Primary (png)
Request for Prosecution-Primary (bpm)

The sample process flow diagram was developed in standard Business Process Model and Notation using the Windows-based Bizagi Modeler tool and can be modified to represent the specific process in your jurisdiction. To download a free copy of the Bizagi Modeler tool, go to bizagi.com.

Primary Flow Description
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Law enforcement submits a prosecution request to Prosecution. 
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Prosecution reviews the prosecution request.
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Prosecution makes a charging decision and decides whether to (1) Decline for further investigation; (2) File/amend charge or (3) File no charges. 
 
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If the prosecution decides to decline for further investigation, Prosecution submits the case file back to Law Enforcement. 
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Law enforcement conducts further investigation and decides whether to resubmit a referral for charging. 
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If Prosecution decides to File no charges, process stops. 
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If Prosecution decides to File/amend charges, Prosecution prepares a complaint. 
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Prosecution files a complaint with the Court.
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Court performs a court filing and decides whether to issue a warrant.
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If Court decides to issue a warrant, a warrant is submitted to Law Enforcement.
 
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Law Enforcement serves the warrant. 
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Law Enforcement performs an arrest on warrant.
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Law Enforcement submits an arrest report to Booking. 
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Booking performs fingerprinting. 
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Booking submits fingerprint card to Repository.
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Repository records fingerprint card.
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Or, if Court issues a summons
 
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If suspect fails to appear, the Court issues a warrant. 
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If suspect appears, the Court decides whether to fingerprint suspect. 
 
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If Court decides to fingerprint suspect, a fingerprint order is submitted to Booking. 
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Booking performs fingerprinting. 
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Booking submits fingerprint card to Repository. 
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Repository records fingerprint card. 
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Court adjudicates and disposes of charges.
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Court submits charge disposition to Repository.
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The Repository records the charge disposition. 


The following table summarizes the responsibilities of each actor depicted in the business process flow:

Actor Responsibilities

Law Enforcement

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Submits a prosecution request to Prosecution
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If Prosecution Declines for further investigation, conducts further investigation and decides whether to resubmit a referral for charging 
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If court issues a warrant, serves the warrant
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Performs an arrest on the warrant
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Submits an arrest report to Booking 

Prosecution

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Receives and reviews the prosecution request 
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Declines for further investigation and submits case file to law enforcement, or
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Decides to File no charge, or
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Decides to File/amend charge and prepares complaint 
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Files complaint with the Court

Court

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Receives the complaint from Prosecution
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Reviews the complaint
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Decides to issue a warrant, or 
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Decides to issue a summons
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If suspect fails to appear, issues warrant
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If suspect appears, decides whether to fingerprint suspect and submits a fingerprint order to Booking
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Disposes the charges and submits a charge disposition to the Repository

Booking

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Receives arrest report, or
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Receives fingerprint order
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Performs fingerprinting and submits the fingerprint card to the Repository
Repository 
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Records the fingerprint card 
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Records the charge disposition from the Court