OPP Annual Report 2016/17

Guilty outcomes were at a record high in 2016/17.

New Policy of the Director of Public Prosecutions

A new and simplified Policy of the Director of Public Prosecutions for Victoria aims to improve the community’s understanding of how prosecuting decisions are made.

Senior Crown Prosecutor appointed County Court Judge

Douglas Trapnell QC has been appointed as a judge of the County Court of Victoria.

DPP's Conference 2017

Justice McClellan addresses the DPP’s Modern Prosecutor Conference


Office of Public Prosecutions Principal Solicitor Advocate Simon Zebrowski has been appointed a Victorian Magistrate.


Kerri Judd QC has been appointed a Senior Crown Prosecutor.

John Cain is the Solicitor for Public Prosecutions

Senior executive and lawyer John Cain began in the role of Solicitor for Public Prosecutions (SPP) in Victoria in November 2015.

Director's Appeals

The Director of Public Prosecutions can institute an appeal against sentence.

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Witnesses and victims

Get help from the Witness Assistance Service

Support for victims

Victims and witnesses are central to the criminal justice system and play an important part in the prosecution process. Find out about the court process and where to go for information and support.

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Leading the prosecutions service

John Champion S.C.

John Champion is Victoria's Director of Public Prosecutions. He was appointed in November 2011 following more than 33 years as a barrister covering all aspects of criminal law.

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John Cain

John Cain is Victoria's Solicitor for Public Prosecutions. He began in the role in November 2015.

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Gavin Silbert QC

Gavin Silbert is Victoria's Chief Crown Prosecutor. He was appointed CCP in 2008 after 20 years as a barrister at the Victorian Bar.

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