English translation: (a prosecutor) to file our charges
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I have more experience of civil law French originals. Sounds odd though. Are you working from a translation or orig.?
06:23 Sep 6, 2001
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Explanation: Laura, it depends on who the "nous" is; the GDT says that "charge" is a term a eviter pour "accusation"; and given the context of your sentence I would say that it has to do with laying charges.
Explanation: The idea of "nous" is already covered in that the sentence begins with "nous", which leaves you with more freedom to turn the sentence round expressing the rest in a more neuttral form.
"We are intending to meet a prosecutor [for want of a better word] to bring charges for the murder which is the subject of this case ». (« to bring charges for murder in this case »).
Basically it means « accuse », « bring a charge for murder against », « bring a murder charge… », « charge with murder ».
A criminal investigation is one which police or others (Crown Prosecution Service, CPS) have a duty to conduct in order to ascertain whether X should be charged with an offence or not.
Bring a charge against someone, charge someone :
to describe what the police do when they record an acusation against a suspect. The document in which the allegations are set out is referred to as the « charge sheet ».
Lay a charge :
A charge is said to lie against someone when it ongoing, when the charges have not been dropped or the matter judged by the courts . In order for a charge to lie against someone, it has to have been brought against them beforehand. (http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/consult/invmans.htm)
Our main role is the prosecution of alleged criminal offenders in England and Wales. This role includes four main functions:
• advising the police on possible prosecutions
• reviewing prosecutions started by the police to ensure that the right defendants are prosecuted on the right charges
• preparing cases for court
• prosecuting cases at the magistrates' court and instructing counsel to prosecute in the Crown Court and higher courts
Introduction. 22. - (1) For the purposes of this Part a criminal investigation is an investigation conducted by police officers with a view to it being ascertained-
(a) whether a person should be charged with an offence, or
(b) whether a person charged with an offence is guilty of it.