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Criminal Process Chart

AN GARDA SÍOCHÁNA & SPECIALISED INVESTIGATING AGENCIES
  • Conduct independent criminal investigations

  • Conduct most summary prosecutions in District Court in relation to lesser offences

  • Prepare and submit files to the Solicitors Division of the DPP's Office (Dublin cases) or to the local state solicitor (cases outside Dublin) in relation to more serious offences

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SOLICITORS DIVISION
OFFICE OF THE DPP
(Cases to be heard in Dublin)
LOCAL STATE SOLICITOR
(Cases to be heard outside Dublin)
  • Conduct certain summary prosecutions in District Court

  • Submit investigation files to Directing Division of the DPP's Office for directions

  • Prepare cases for court

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DIRECTING DIVISION
OFFICE OF THE DPP
  • Examines files received from Solicitors Division and local state solicitors

  • Directs initiation or continuance of a prosecution

  • Nominates barristers to prosecute cases on indictment (before Circuit, Central and Special Criminal Courts)

  • Provides ongoing instruction and legal advice to the Solicitors Division and local state solicitors until case at hearing is concluded

  • Advises the Garda Síochána and specialised investigating agencies and gives directions on preferral of charges

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SOLICITORS DIVISION
OFFICE OF THE DPP
(Dublin cases)
LOCAL STATE SOLICITOR
(cases outside Dublin)
  • Implement directions from Directing Division

  • Attend hearings in District Court

  • Prepare book of evidence in indictment cases

  • Brief and assist nominated barrister conducting prosecution

  • Attend trial and report outcome to Directing Division

  • Provide liaison service to agencies and parties involved in the criminal process

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PROSECUTING COUNSEL
  • Appear in Court and conduct prosecutions on indictment on behalf of and in accordance with the instructions of the DPP

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COURTS
  • Case at hearing (arraignment, trial)

  • Case outcome (conviction/acquittal)

  • Sentencing