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The role of the public prosecutor in Korea : Is he half-judge?

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  • The role of the public prosecutor in Korea
  • Kim, Heekyoon
  • Seoul National University(BK 21 Law)


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Title The role of the public prosecutor in Korea
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Is he half-judge?

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Author(English)

Kim, Heekyoon

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[Seoul]:Seoul National University(BK 21 Law)

Date 2007
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Journal of Korean Law:vol. 6(no. 2)
Pages 17
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Laws and Legislation
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

Worthy of note is that the Korean prosecutors actually interrogated the suspects and the prospective witnesses like the French examining magistrate did. Furthermore, they reported the result to the trial courts, and the courts’ decisions were widely based on those reports, as a practical matter. We might be able to say that, in that sense, the Korean prosecutors might be considered half-judges. It was sometimes argued that the Korean prosecutors had been nearly promoted to the group of examining magistrate. All that happened was due to the practice that gives relatively high credit to the protocols of the prosecutors. Now, the Judiciary Reform in Korea begins to consider the prosecutor just as the commander of the investigation and, at the same time, as the proper party in an open trial. It means that the true adversarial system will be introduced and tried here. I am curious to see how the prosecutorial office will react in this paradigm shift. Visibly, the prosecutors are well prepared for the change and it would be also a good thing for the prosecutor himself to stop working as the judge.