ODPP publication scheme
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions’ (ODPP) publication scheme outlines and describes information routinely made available to the public. It has been developed to give the community greater access to information held by government.
Information listed in our publication scheme is available free of charge on this website. You will be advised in advance of charges that may be payable if your request is for a large volume of material.
About the ODPP
The ODPP represents the state in criminal cases. The community’s interest is that the guilty be brought to justice and the innocent not be wrongly convicted. The main function of the ODPP is to prosecute criminal matters in the Magistrates (limited), District, Supreme and Mental Health courts, the Court of Appeal, and the High Court of Australia.
There are 3 aspects to the work of the ODPP:
- legal preparation
- court appearances
- victim liaison work.
Support for victims of crime
The ODPP has an obligation under the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 2009 to treat victims with courtesy, compassion and respect. The ODPP provides information to victims of crime regarding the court process and referral to agencies including Victim Assist Queensland (VAQ).
A summary of the ODPP’s annual financial information is published as part of our annual reports.
This class of information will be updated progressively.
The Director of Public Prosecutions is an independent statutory officer appointed under the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1984.
The decision to prosecute or not must be based upon the evidence, the law and the Director's guidelines. These guidelines assist the exercise of prosecutorial decisions to ensure the administration of justice is consistent, efficient, effective and transparent.
The ODPP is supported by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG). The office therefore operates in accordance with DJAG’s policies and procedures. Find out more about DJAG’s policies.
The ODPP is not required to hold any public registers in relation to the performance of the role of the Director of Public Prosecutions, however the office contributes to the lists owned by DJAG, for example the Gifts and Benefits Register. Find out more about DJAG’s lists.