The OPP works in up to 50 courts each day to prosecute serious criminal matters on behalf of the community.

The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) is Victoria’s largest criminal legal practice. Together with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Crown Prosecutors the OPP prosecutes serious offences in Victoria’s County and Supreme Courts and conducts criminal appeals in the County Court, the Court of Appeal and the High Court of Australia.

Who we are

We are Victoria's public prosecutions service. On behalf of the community we prepare and present court matters against people accused of serious crime.

Crown Prosecutors

Crown Prosecutors are experienced criminal barristers who are appointed to work exclusively for the DPP and are allocated the most serious and complex matters.

Our legal practice

Dedicated and skilled staff work in: Advocacy, Appeals, Policy and Specialised Legal, Proceeds of Crime, Specialist Sex Offences, Trial Divisions, and Victims Strategy and Services.

Our corporate services

Corporate Services supports the Legal Practice through dedicated business units: Audio Visual, Facilities, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Library, Projects and Performance, and Registry.

Our role in the justice system

Our role in the justice system is to effectively, efficiently and economically prosecute serious crime in Victoria. We are also responsible for confiscating criminal assets, assisting victims and witnesses, and contributing expertise to law reform.

Our vision and values

The OPP aims to be at the vanguard of prosecution services in Australia and internationally and to make a difference in the justice system and wider community.

Our organisation

The OPP comprises the Legal Practice and Corporate Services.

Our communications

The Communications Unit works to improve OPP liaison within the criminal justice system and supports its engagement with external agencies.

Our staff

The OPP offers challenging and interesting work, with many opportunities for learning and advancement. About two thirds of the employees at the OPP are solicitors.

Our history

Victoria led the way in 1982 when the State Government transferred prosecution decisions from the executive government to an independent DPP. This created Australia's first independent prosecution service.

Legislation and charters

The OPP is governed by a range of legislation and charters including the Public Prosecutions Act 1994, the Crimes Act 1958, the Criminal Procedure Act 2009, the Evidence Act 2008, the Sentencing Act 2008, the Charter for Human Rights and Responsibilities, and the Victims' Charter.