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Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 1997, effective since 21 April 1998, asserts the right of members of the public to obtain access to official information to the greatest extent possible consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy of individuals.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions makes information routinely available to the public in relation to its structure, functions and activities through the publication of its Annual Report, Strategy Statement and Statement of General Guidelines for Prosecutors. The Office will continue to expand the range of information available to the public through our website.

The DPP's Office FOI Reference Book (revised November 2010), prepared in accordance with Sections 15 and 16 of the FOI Act, outlines the role and functions of the Office, its structure and the procedures for making a request under the FOI Act.

It is important that the public are aware that under the Freedom of Information Act the records of the Office of the DPP are subject to the restriction provided for under section 46 (1)(b). Therefore, records held or created by the office, other than those relating to the general administration of the Office, are not accessible under the FOI Act. This means that records concerning criminal case files are not accessible under the FOI Act.

Section 16 FOI Manual published by the Department of Finance is available on their website at

Website of the Office of the Information Commissioner

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