Briefing Prosecutors

The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) allocates in-court appearance work for various court hearing types between internal and external prosecutors. These in-court prosecution services are provided by OPP solicitors, OPP Solicitor Advocates, Crown Prosecutors and private barristers. The OPP engages private barristers mainly from the Victorian Bar.

The prosecutor is 'briefed' with all relevant legal documents, evidentiary material and information about the case. Relevant materials and information are also disclosed to the accused or the accused's legal representative. 

Our Briefing Practices

The OPP follows briefing practices that ensure high-quality prosecutions are achieved economically and efficiently.

The complexity and risks of a matter are matched with the skills of a barrister or solicitor.  

There are a number of different avenues for allocating a brief including:

  • Crown Prosecutors – experienced criminal barristers who are appointed to work exclusively for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) are allocated the most serious and complex cases.
  • OPP Solicitor Advocates – inhouse solicitors who have undertaken dedicated advocacy training.
  • OPP Solicitors – inhouse solicitors who are able to represent the DPP in court if they have undertaken the appropriate training.
  • Barristers – members of the Victorian Criminal Bar who have expertise in criminal law.

BROADENING the PROSECUTION POOL

The Office of Public Prosecutions is seeking to broaden the pool of counsel available to prosecute indictable crime in Victoria.

Expressions of interest are therefore being sought from barristers who believe they have the necessary background and experience to undertake prosecution work, particularly in County and Supreme Court trials.

Advertisements will be placed in the Victorian Bar’s In Brief before the end of the year calling for interest to be expressed by barristers who presently do not appear in criminal matters on the DPP's behalf and who may wish to be considered for such briefs.

Barristers who have previously been briefed by the DPP are also being asked to complete the form to indicate they are interested in continuing to appear in such matters, and whether they want to be considered for briefs in more complex matters than they are aready appearing in.

- See more at: http://www.opp.vic.gov.au/News-and-Media/Newsletters/2014-December/Expanding-prosecution-pool#sthash.m6Tcdd6g.dpuf

The OPP is keen to broaden the pool of counsel available to prosecute indictable criminal cases, particularly for County and Supreme Court trials.

To express interest in being briefed by the OPP, counsel need to fill out the Expression of Interest form.

Counsel who are already briefed by the OPP should also complete the form if they are interested in continuing to appear in matters conducted by the OPP, or wish to be considered for being briefed in more complex matters 

The Office of Public Prosecutions is seeking to broaden the pool of counsel available to prosecute indictable crime in Victoria.

Expressions of interest are therefore being sought from barristers who believe they have the necessary background and experience to undertake prosecution work, particularly in County and Supreme Court trials.

Advertisements will be placed in the Victorian Bar’s In Brief before the end of the year calling for interest to be expressed by barristers who presently do not appear in criminal matters on the DPP's behalf and who may wish to be considered for such briefs.

Barristers who have previously been briefed by the DPP are also being asked to complete the form to indicate they are interested in continuing to appear in such matters, and whether they want to be considered for briefs in more complex matters than they are aready appearing in.

- See more at: http://www.opp.vic.gov.au/News-and-Media/Newsletters/2014-December/Expanding-prosecution-pool#sthash.m6Tcdd6g.dpuf

Briefing Fee Schedule

The Briefing Fee Schedule outlines the fees the OPP will pay for matters, depending on the type of hearing and the level of experience of counsel.

Briefing Service Level Charter

The OPP and Victorian Bar Service Level Charter outlines expectations regarding the level of service provided by external counsel.

External barristers

There are about 250 barristers from whom we regularly engage to prosecute matters across the State.

At times we seek expressions of interest from the private bar of those interested in undertaking prosecution work. This helps expand the pool of barristers available to undertake our prosecution work.

In all our briefing, we adhere to the Victorian Bar Equality of Opportunity Briefing Policy.