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

This section of our website provides a brief guide to the Criminal Justice System and explains what happens when: a crime is reported; a file goes to the DPP; the DPP decides to prosecute or not to prosecute; and a case goes to court


  • 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.

Press Release

Office of the DPP Annual Report 2022

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is pleased to launch its Annual Report for 2022.

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, Catherine Pierse, is independent in the performance of her functions.

Latest Vacancies

Latest Vacancies

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is currently recruiting for the positions of State Solicitor Limerick (County) and State Solicitor Galway West.