This office was established under the "Special Prosecutor's Act 1988", on 13 Dec 1988. On the same day, a Special Prosecutor, Douglas Paton Drummond, Q.C., was appointed to assume the prosecution responsibilities for matters associated with the Commission of Inquiry Into Possible Illegal Activities and Associated Police Misconduct (the "Fitzgerald Inquiry").
The Office of the Special Prosecutor was both an investigation and prosecution agency which prepared, instituted and conducted criminal or other specified proceedings "on behalf of Her Majesty".
The role of this Office differed from the role of the Office of the Director of Prosecutions in that the latter "prosecutes cases which have been investigated, prepared and taken through committal proceedings in the Magistrates Courts by the Queensland Police Service". *
The newly-apppointed Special Prosecutor's Office replaced the Commission's Prosecution Task Force, from which it drew some of its staff, but was later expanded to include some police officers - also previously attached to the Commission - and other external recruitment to assist in investigations. The Special Prosecutor's Office evolved out of the Commission but was independent of it. The Office reported to the Department of Justice and Attorney-General. There was a degree of interaction between the staff of both the Special Prosecutor and the Director of Prosecutions offices but, in operational terms, both offices remained separate.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor was abolished in 1995, when the "Special Prosecutor's Act 1988" was repealed by the "Statute Law Revision (No.2) sch. 6, No. 58, 1995".