The ODPP Functions

The core function of the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) include charging and prosecuting cases forwarded by investigative agencies while upholding, protecting and promoting human and constitutional rights.

Other functions are:

  •     To institute and undertake criminal proceedings against any person before any court of law other than a court martial in respect of any offences alleged to have been committed by that person;
  •     To take over and continue any criminal proceedings instituted or undertaken by another person or authority;
  •     To discontinue at any stage before judgment is delivered any criminal proceedings;
  •     To direct the Inspector-General of the National Police Service to investigate any information or allegation of criminal conduct;
  •     To ensure due regard to the public interest, the interest of the administration of justice and the prevention and avoidance of abuse of legal process;
  •     To undertake  public prosecution of cases forwarded by all investigation agencies including the Police, Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission, Directorate  of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Banking Fraud Investigations Units (BFIU), and cases taken over from private prosecutors;
  •     To represent the State in all criminal cases, criminal applications and appeals;
  •     To advice Government Ministries, Departments and State Corporations on matters pertaining to the application of criminal law;
  •     To expound and disseminate the National Prosecution Policy (NPP) and the Code of Conduct for Prosecutors;
  •     To monitor the training, appointment, and gazettement of Public Prosecutors in Statutory Corporations;
  •     To address parliamentary questions relating to administration of criminal justice;
  •     To address complaints raised by members of the public, watchdog bodies and other institutions; and
  •     To Undertake other administrative roles relating to efficient and effective administration of criminal law in the country