Wishes of victims considered but not determinative. Private prosecutions rare and subject to public control. Prosecution: responsibility rests largely with crown attorney"s offices, crowns are quasi-judicial officers whose task is to achieve justice, not obtain a conviction. Trials: normally performed by private lawyers paid personally by the accused or by, a narrower role, directed almost exclusively at protecting the interests of the. Subject to duties owed to the court: can assume an almost purely adversarial role towards the prosecution, no duty to disclose the defence case to the prosecution. Most trials are before judge alone in ontario court of justice: some more serious charges are before judge alone, or judge and jury in. In a judge alone trial the judge decides the facts. In a jury case the jury decides the facts, the judge directs them as to the relevant law: trial options determined by the nature of the alleged offence, three types of offences.