The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) – under the direction of the Solicitor for Public Prosecutions (SPP) – and the Crown Prosecutors’ Chambers work together to prosecute serious crime on behalf of the people of Victoria by:

  • conducting committal proceedings in the Magistrates' Court
  • prosecuting serious crime in Victoria’s County and Supreme Courts
  • conducting criminal appeals in the County Court, the Court of Appeal and the High Court.

Matters prosecuted include:

  • murder
  • major sex offences
  • drug trafficking
  • commercial crime and fraud
  • serious assaults
  • aggravated burglaries
  • serious driving offences, such as culpable driving
  • occupational health and safety matters involving death or serious injury
  • corruption involving police and others.

Key decisions

The DPP is responsible for key decisions in the prosecutions process including whether to prosecute, what the charges should be, whether a matter should be withdrawn or discontinued, if an application should be made to confiscate property associated with crime, and whether to appeal.

Less serious summary matters are prosecuted by Victoria Police in the Magistrates' Court; however, the DPP can prosecute summary offences in certain circumstances, and also finalise some indictable matters in the Magistrates' Court.

More than prosecutions

Complementing the core prosecutions work, OPP solicitors and staff:

  • conduct committals in the Magistrates' Court
  • support victims and witnesses
  • apply for the confiscation of the proceeds of crime
  • conduct appeals in the higher courts
  • bring breaches of custodial orders before the courts
  • provide advice on law reform
  • provide advice on charges and evidentiary issues to police and other agencies.