Crown Prosecutors are experienced criminal barristers who are appointed to work exclusively for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and are allocated the most serious and complex matters.

Appointed by the Governor in Council, they represent the DPP in criminal matters, provide advice on prosecuting matters, and advise whether an accused person should be indicted for trial.
 
As the DPP is not personally able to make every decision in every matter, Crown Prosecutors have delegation to indict accused persons for trial and resolve matters as pleas of guilty. They prosecute the most complex and important matters.

Crown Prosecutors are co-located with the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) and work closely with OPP solicitors; however, they are not OPP employees.

The Chief Crown Prosecutor manages the Crown Prosecutors' Chambers which includes Senior Crown Prosecutors and Crown Prosecutors.