The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) is the National Prosecuting Authority in Kenya which has been mandated by the Constitution to prosecute all criminal cases in the country.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is the head of the ODPP and operates independently as stipulated under Article 157 of the Constitution. However, the DPP is required to be accountable to the Public by presenting an annual report to Parliament and the President on the performance of the ODPP. The DPP may also be required, on a need basis to present a report to Parliament on a matter of national or public interest.
The Office was delinked from the Attorney General’s Office in 2011 after the promulgation of the Constitution in 2010.
The ODPP has presence in all the 47 counties in Kenya with its headquarters in Nairobi. Each County head is responsible for working with the courts and the investigative agencies to provide high quality prosecution services in their jurisdiction.
Administratively, the ODPP has established nine regional offices each headed by a Deputy Director.
Nationally, the ODPP prosecutes a wide range of cases such as corruption, terrorism, drugs, cyber crime, murder, sexual offences, fraud, traffic offences, international and organised crimes among others.
The ODPP strives to provide efficient, effective and quality services.