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Agency ID268
TitleOffice of the Director of Public Prosecutions
Agency TypeStatutory authority
Start Date 1/12/1994
End Date Current
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

Responsible for prosecuting those people charged with serious criminal offences.

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Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
3539Ministerial Correspondence [Collected by the Special Prosecutor] 31/12/1989 1/4/1990
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
8620Department of Justice and Attorney-General (II) 1/12/1994 Current
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Remarks

Information Sources

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, viewed on 18 Aug 2009: http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/4813.htm
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, viewed on 18 Aug 2009: http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/450.htm
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Annual Report Jan-Dec1994, p. 6
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Annual Report 2008, p. 6
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Legislation

Establishing Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 2) 1994
Abolishing N/A
Administered Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1984
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Description
ESTABLISHMENT:
On 6 Dec 1984, under the "Director of Prosecutions Act 1984", the first Director of Prosecutions was appointed. On 1 Dec 1994, under s.3 of the "Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 2) 1994", the name was changed to Director of Public Prosecutions, and at the same time the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions was formally established. The Office is an independent statutory office, created under law to be separate from government, to ensure that criminal prosecutions are free from improper influence or interference such as biases on race, religion, sex, national origin or political views, etc.

FUNCTIONS:
The main function of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) is to prosecute criminal matters in the District and Supreme Courts, the Court of Appeal, the High Court of Australia and the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

Other functions include advising the Attorney-General on proceedings where mental illness is an issue, on legislative reform, and to possible appeals by the Police.

The Office also provides support services to victims of violent crime during the court process, litigating confiscation actions to retrieve the proceeds of crime, and preparing and prosecuting committal proceedings in the Brisbane Central and Ipswich Magistrates Courts (in complex matters).

ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE:
The ODPP functions within the Department of Justice and Attorney-General's Criminal Justice Program. It consists of a Corporate Services Group, Regional Chambers (Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Southport, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Beenleigh, Rockhampton, Maroochy), and Brisbane Chambers (Wakefield, Sturgess, Given, Sheehy, Haxton, Griffith, Mental Health, Confiscations).












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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID268, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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