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The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions was established by the Prosecution of Offences Act, 1974. The Act provided for the transfer to the Director of all functions previously performed by the Attorney General in relation to criminal matters and election and referendum petitions. The Director is independent in the performance of her functions.
She enforces the criminal law in the courts on behalf of the People of Ireland; directs and supervises public prosecutions on indictment in the courts; and gives general direction and advice to the Garda Síochána in relation to summary cases and specific direction in such cases where requested. The Chief Prosecution Solicitor provides a solicitor service, within the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, to act on behalf of the Director.
The Office of the DPP has three main divisions:
- Directing Division consists of barristers and solicitors who examine criminal investigation files and decide whether or not a prosecution should be taken.
- Solicitors Division consists of prosecution solicitors and legal executives who prepare and conduct cases on behalf of the Director in all Courts sitting in Dublin.
- Administration Division consists of general service civil service grades and provides support and other services to both the Directing Division and Solicitors Division in order to enable the Office to fulfil its statutory function.
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The Director and her staff do not give legal advice to members of the public. Those seeking such advice should consult their own advisers.