Swedish Prosecution Authority

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Swedish Prosecution Authority
Åklagarmyndigheten
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The coat of arms of the Swedish Prosecution Authority
Agency overview
Formed2005 [1]
Jurisdiction Government of Sweden
HeadquartersÖstermalmsgatan 87 C
114 85 Stockholm [2]
Employees1,340 (2014) [3]
Annual budgetSEK 1,306 M (2014) [4]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
Parent agency Ministry of Justice
Key document
Website www.aklagare.se/en/

The Swedish Prosecution Authority (Swedish : Åklagarmyndigheten) is the principal agency in Sweden responsible for public prosecutions. It is a wholly independent organisation; not dependent on the courts or the police, and although it is organized under the Ministry of Justice it operates independently and any ministerial interference in cases is unconstitutional. [6] [7] It is headed by the Prosecutor-General of Sweden.

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History

The Swedish prosecution service looks like it does today after a major reform in 1965. Prior to this, the police and prosecution was organized under the same roof. Today, the Swedish police, the courts and the prosecution service are clearly defined, separate entities. In 1996, there was another major overhaul of the organization, merging smaller local authorities into six regional public prosecutors, all under an attorney general. In 2005, these six regional authorities merged into a single agency, creating the Swedish Prosecution Authority. [1]

Criticism

Current prosecutor-general (October 2019), Petra Lundh, has been accused of favouritism after it was discovered that she had accommodated the hiring of old colleagues after she was appointed. [8]

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References

  1. 1 2 "Historik". Swedish Prosecution Authority. Archived from the original on 1 October 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  2. "Riksåklagarens kansli". Swedish Prosecution Authority. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  3. "Om oss". Swedish Prosecution Authority. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  4. "Budget för rättsväsendet 2014" (in Swedish). The Government of Sweden. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  5. "Riksåklagaren". Swedish Prosecution Authority. Retrieved 2019-07-14.
  6. "The Swedish Prosecution Authority" . Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  7. "The Instrument of Government - Chapter 12, Article 2" (PDF). The Riksdag . Retrieved 20 July 2014. No public authority, including the Riksdag, or decision-making body of any local authority, may determine how an administrative authority shall decide in a particular case relating to the exercise of public authority vis-à-vis an individual or a local authority, or relating to the application of law.
  8. "RÅ:s ex-kollegor fick jobb på Åklagarmyndigheten". Omni (in Swedish). Retrieved 2019-10-23.