Prosecution Guidelines

Prosecution Policy and Guidelines were first issued in July 1987 when the ODPP commenced operations and further editions were published in 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1998. They were consolidated into one document and re-issued in 2003, and revised in 2007. A further review of the Guidelines is currently underway and is expected to be completed in 2018.

These guidelines should be read in conjunction with the many other instruments that affect the conduct of prosecutions. They serve to guide prosecutors and to inform the community about actions taken in its name

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  • Advice to Police

  • Appeals Against Sentences

  • Charge Negotiation and Agreement: Agreed Statements of Facts:

  • Disclosure

  • Discontinuing Prosecutions

  • Election for offence to be dealt with on indictment

  • Evidence

  • Expedition

  • Fairness

  • Finding Bills of Indictment

  • Immunities (Indemnities and Undertakings)

  • Induced Statements

  • Informers

  • International Guidelines

  • Judge Alone Trials

  • Jury Selection

  • Media Contact

  • Mental Health Issues

  • Privacy

  • Proceeds of Crime

  • Reasons for Decisions

  • Retrials

  • Role and Duties of the Prosecutor

  • Sentence

  • Settling Charges

  • Taking over Proceedings

  • The Decision to Prosecute

  • The Director of Public Prosecutions

  • The Director of Public Prosecutions and Police

  • Unrepresented Accused Persons

  • Victims of Crime; Vulnerable Witnesses; Conferences

  • Witnesses

  • Young Offenders