Special Prosecutor Law and Legal Definition

A special prosecutor refers to an attorney appointed to investigate into the illegitimate activities of the government servants and persons dealing in state properties and to represent the state for prosecuting the wrong doers. Usually, s/he is appointed by the attorney general, congress or the head of the state

The following is an example of a case law on special prosecutor:

A special prosecutor is appointed when the prosecuting attorney files a petition requesting the court to appoint a special prosecutor; and the court finds that the appointment is necessary to avoid the appearance of impropriety. A person appointed to serve as a special prosecutor has the same powers as the prosecuting attorney of the county. However, the scope of the special prosecutor's duties shall be limited by the appointing judge to include only the investigation or prosecution of a particular case or particular grand jury investigation. [State v. Waldon, 481 N.E.2d 1331 (Ind. Ct. App. 1985)].