23 March 2016

New OPP legal structure implemented

A new Legal Practice structure that came into effect this week at the Office of Public Prosecutions is aimed at achieving a more streamlined, efficient prosecution service.

Solicitor for Public Prosecutions John Cain said the new structure would also provide greater opportunities for OPP solicitors to develop their skills and be involved in a range of prosecutions.

“I expect this new structure to deliver a flexible, highly skilled workforce; increase the opportunities for mentoring and collaboration between OPP staff; and improve the oversight and quality assurance of prosecutions,” Mr Cain said.

Key features of the new Legal Practice structure include:

  • Three new trial divisions will manage and conduct most of the OPP’s trial work
  • Smaller teams within the trial divisions will provide more flexibility and improved capability to manage large matters
  • The Specialist Sex Offences Unit will continue as an expert specialist unit and will conduct the most serious sex offence prosecutions. The unit will provide support and quality assurance on the management of sex offence prosecutions undertaken by the trial divisions
  • Regional prosecutions will be integrated into the trial divisions
  • The Geelong office will continue to prosecute matters in Geelong and the State’s west.

The implementation of the new Legal Practice structure coincides with the consolidation of all OPP Melbourne staff and Crown Prosecutors at 565 Lonsdale Street, which has undergone an $11.2 million refurbishment.

About a quarter of OPP staff – including the Specialist Sex Offences Unit, Regional Prosecutions and Proceeds of Crime – were previously based in Bourke Street.

“The new Legal Practice structure, combined with the much improved office environment, will improve our capacity to meet the growing and changing demands of criminal prosecutions,” Mr Cain said.

For further information contact:

Lisa Walker

03 9603 7493
0400 494 962