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Deputy Chief Prosecutor in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions 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 work in the Directing Division is primarily focused on whether a prosecution should be initiated and if so what charges should be preferred. The Deputy Chief Prosecutor will ensure that prosecution files are dealt with expeditiously and in conformity with the prosecutorial standards and guidelines of the Office and are in compliance with procedures established by the Courts.   The Deputy Chief Prosecutor will also have a range of responsibilities arising from the EU Victims Directive; particularly reviewing the decision not to prosecute, upon request from victims of crime.  S/he will represent the Office on national and international groups which deal with a range of criminal justice matters and contribute to the development of prosecutorial policy.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • qualified as a barrister- at- law or as a solicitor;
  • a minimum of seven years relevant experience as a barrister or solicitor in the State or relevant equivalent experience;
  • a level of achievement as a barrister or solicitor which indicates that s/he is capable of meeting the professional demands of this very senior post;
  • a strong track record of leadership and an ability to think strategically and contribute to the strategic management of the office.

This is a Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) position.

For more information and how to apply, visit

Contact: Paula Quinn, Senior Executive Recruitment   |   Tel: +353 1 858 7600


NOTEThe closing date for receipt of applications for receipt of completed applications is 15:00 on Thursday, 28 February, 2019.