Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP): The DPP prosecutes cases on behalf of the people of Ireland. The DPP is the public prosecutor and can also be called the State as they represent the State of Ireland. It is represented in court by the solicitor sitting closest to the jury box and the barrister sitting opposite the solicitor. This is the prosecuting legal team.

The DPP is in charge of prosecuting serious cases that are heard by a jury in the Circuit Criminal Court or the Central Criminal Court. Less serious cases are currently prosecuted in the District Court by lawyers representing the DPP or by members of the police service. The DPP gives general direction and advice in these cases and can give specific direction to the police if they request assistance.

The DPP does not give legal advice to members of the public. If you have a legal question, you can contact the Free Legal Advice Centre.

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