Victims & Witnesses

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.

Criminal Justice System

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.


  • 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 GardaĆ­.
  • 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.

About Us

About Us

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.

Working for Us

Working for Us

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions employs professionally qualified lawyers (solicitors and barristers) and legal executives in its legal divisions. In addition, we employ a range of civil service grades to provide the human resources, information and communications technology, and other support services required by our Office.