"Prosecutorial Discretion: An Imperative for Effective Prosecution in the Punjab Criminal Prosecution Service"


  • Hafiz Muhammad Azeem Advocate High Court/Assistant District Public Prosecutor, Public Prosecution Department, Pakistan
  • Mubashar Tariq Assistant Professor, College of Law, University of Sargodha, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Umar Lecturer, College of Law, University of Sargodha, Pakistan




Administrative Discretion, Criminal Justice System, Effective Prosecution, Punjab Criminal Prosecution Service, Prosecutorial Discretion


In a welfare state, the necessity for a certain level of discretion is widely acknowledged. Discretion plays a crucial role in law enforcement practices and is essential for the effective administration of justice. Within international Criminal Justice Systems, prosecutors have a pivotal responsibility in upholding the rule of law. Given their position within the executive branch, prosecutorial discretion becomes imperative. It is vital to observe that discretion itself is not inherently damaging; however, unchecked and absolute discretion can lead to adverse outcomes. The goal should not be the elimination of discretion, but rather its structured implementation. Within the realm of the criminal justice system, where both the law enforcement agencies and the court possess considerable discretion in pursuit of justice, it follows that the prosecution should also possess a degree of discretion. Without equipping the prosecution with essential discretionary tools, the Punjab Criminal Prosecution Service would be unable to effectively fulfill its role in criminal justice system. Consequently, the time has come to empower the prosecution with the necessary discretion it requires, especially the discretion to decide whether to prosecute or not which stands as a vital prerogative that prosecutors must possess to uphold the justice.


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How to Cite

Azeem, H. M. ., Tariq, M. ., & Umar, M. . (2023). "Prosecutorial Discretion: An Imperative for Effective Prosecution in the Punjab Criminal Prosecution Service". Review of Education, Administration & Law, 6(2), 541-556. https://doi.org/10.47067/real.v6i2.351