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.

Publications

  • 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.

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.

Conference Papers

Conference Papers

Media

06 December 2019

The Director of Public Prosecutions is pleased to announce the publication of a revised edition of the ‘Guidelines for Prosecutors’

This is the 5th edition of the ‘Guidelines for Prosecutors’.  The Guidelines were first published in 2001 with the aim of setting out in general terms principles to guide the initiation and conduct of prosecutions in Ireland.  They are intended to give general guidance to prosecutors so that a fair, reasoned, and consistent policy underlies … Continued