What is the role of the prosecutor?

The prosecutor is the person who represents the government in a case against a criminal defendant. In NH there are several different titles depending on the offense and jurisdiction. Some common titles include NH Attorney General, Assistant NH Attorney General, County attorney, assistant county attorney, and town or police prosecutor.

The prosecutor is tasked with seeking justice including: punishment, deterrence and rehabilitation for those committing crimes, balanced with the duty to fairly try such individuals. In many NH towns local police and troopers prosecute their own cases in the District Courts.