Being involved in the criminal justice system can be stressful for many victims and witnesses.
This section of our website is dedicated to victims and witnesses and tries to answer the question that people ask us most often.
This section of our website provides a brief guide to the Criminal Justice System and explains what happens when: a crime is reported; a file goes to the DPP; the DPP decides to prosecute or not to prosecute; and a case goes to court
- Information for the Public
Download booklets (also available in ten foreign languages) on the role of DPP, going to court as a witness, how we make prosecutions decisions, making a victim impact statement, and more.
- Guidelines for Practitioners
Find essential information for prosecutors, legal professionals and Gardaí.
- Corporate Publications
See our Annual Reports, Strategy Statements, Quality Service Charter, Protected Disclosure Reports, and more.
- Conference Papers
Read presentations and papers from conferences
- External Publications
Find relevant information published by other organisations.
What happens when someone reports a crime?
The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was established by law under the Prosecution of Offences Act, 1974. The Director, Catherine Pierse, is independent in the performance of her functions.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is currently recruiting Prosecutors and two positions of Circuit Court Prosecutor for County Louth.