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 the City of Nairobi. A Chief County Prosecutor (CCP) heads each ODPP County Office and is responsible for working with the courts and the investigative agencies to provide high quality prosecution services in their jurisdiction.
Nationally, the ODPP prosecutors deal with a wide range of cases from minor offences in the magistrates’ courts to serious cases such as murder, which are heard in the High Court. The majority of our workload is in the Magistrates’ Courts.
ODPP strives to provide quality, impartial and timely services in a manner that is professional, efficient and fair.