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Criminal Process Chart

 

AN GARDA SÍOCHÁNA & SPECIALISED INVESTIGATING AGENCIES
  • Conduct independent criminal investigations
  • Conduct most summary prosecutions in District Court in relation to minor offences (subject to DPP’s power to give directions)
  • Prepare and submit files to the Solicitors Division of the DPP’s Office (Dublin cases) or to the local state solicitor (cases outside Dublin) in relation to more serious offences
followed by followed by
SOLICITORS DIVISION
OFFICE OF THE DPP
(Cases to be heard in Dublin)
LOCAL STATE SOLICITOR
(Cases to be heard outside Dublin)
  • Conduct certain summary prosecutions in District Court and appeals to the Circuit Court
  • Submit investigation files to Directing Division of the DPP’s Officer for directions
  • Prepare cases for Court
followed by followed by
DIRECTING DIVISION
OFFICE OF THE DPP
  • Examines files received from Solicitors Division and local state solicitors
  • Directs initiation or continuance of a prosecution
  • Provides ongoing instruction and legal advice to the Solicitors Division and local state solicitors until case at hearing is concluded
  • Advises the Garda Síochána and specialised investigating agencies and gives directions on preferral of charges
followed by followed by
SOLICITORS DIVISION
OFFICE OF THE DPP
(Dublin cases)
LOCAL STATE SOLICITOR
(cases outside Dublin)
  • Prosecute in accordance with directions received
  • Attend and prosecute hearings in District Court
  • Prepare books of evidence in indictment cases
  • Brief and assist nominated barrister conducting prosecution in trial courts
  • Attend trial and report outcome to Directing Division
  • Liaise with agencies and parties involved in the criminal process
  • Direct on and conduct Judicial Review cases
  • Prosecute appeals in the Circuit Court and Court of Appeal (Criminal)
followed by
PROSECUTING COUNSEL
  • Appear in Court and conduct prosecutions on indictment on behalf of and in accordance with the instructions of the DPP

followed by
COURTS
  • Case at hearing (arraignment, trial)
  • Case outcome (conviction/acquittal)
  • Sentencing