Example Question #1 : Criminal Trials
Which of the following is not an action where prosecutors exercise discretion?
Filing charges or petitions for adjudication
Discretion in the criminal justice system refers to an agent's ability to have the authority to make decisions without reference to specific rules but rather by using their own judgement. This permits individualization in the administration of justice. Prosecutors cannot use discretion in "imposing sentences" this is left to the discretion of judges or magistrates.