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The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions was established by the Prosecution of Offences Act, 1974. The Act provided for the transfer to the Director of all functions previously performed by the Attorney General in relation to criminal matters and election and referendum petitions. The Director is independent in the performance of her functions.

She enforces the criminal law in the courts on behalf of the People of Ireland; directs and supervises public prosecutions on indictment in the courts; and gives general direction and advice to the Garda Síochána in relation to summary cases and specific direction in such cases where requested. The Chief Prosecution Solicitor provides a solicitor service, within the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, to act on behalf of the Director.


The Office of the DPP is made up of four divisions:

  • Directing Division consists of barristers and solicitors who examine criminal investigation files and decide whether or not a prosecution should be taken.
  • Solicitors Division consists of prosecution solicitors and legal executives who prepare and conduct cases on behalf of the Director in all Courts sitting in Dublin.
  • Prosecution Support Services Division incorporates the Policy & Research Unit; the Library and Information Services; Knowledge Management; the Victims Liaison Unit; and the International Unit.
  • Administration Division consists of general service civil service grades and provides human resources, IT and other support services to the three legal divisions. 

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The Director and her staff do not give legal advice to members of the public. Those seeking such advice should consult their own advisers.