Being involved in the criminal justice system can be stressful for many victims and witnesses.
This section of our website is dedicated to victims and witnesses and tries to answer the question that people ask us most often.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), like all public service organisations, is responding to the evolving challenges presented by COVID-19. The prosecution service is an essential service.
- Information for the Public
Download booklets (also available in ten foreign languages) on the role of DPP, going to court as a witness, how we make prosecutions decisions, making a victim impact statement, and more.
- Guidelines for Practitioners
Find essential information for prosecutors, legal professionals and Gardaí.
- Corporate Publications
See our Annual Reports, Strategy Statements, Quality Service Charter, Protected Disclosure Reports, and more.
- Conference Papers
Read presentations and papers from conferences
- External Publications
Find relevant information published by other organisations.
The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was established by law under the Prosecution of Offences Act, 1974. The Director, Claire Loftus, is independent in the performance of her functions.
An outline of the Criminal Justice System, from the reporting of a crime right through to sentencing. This section includes: reporting a crime; file to the DPP; a decision is made to prosecute; the court case; victims of crime; sentencing.