The Mandate

The mandate of ODPP as derived from Article 157 of the Constitution is to institute and undertake prosecution of criminal matters and all other aspects incidental thereto.

Core functions:

  •     Instituting and undertaking criminal proceedings against any person before any court of law except the court martial;
  •     Taking over and continuing with any criminal proceedings commenced in any court by any person or authority with the permission of the          person or authority and
  •     Discontinuing at any stage before judgment is delivered of any criminal proceedings with the permission of the court.
  •     Directing the Inspector General of the National Police Service to investigate any information or allegation of criminal conduct.

Other functions include:

  • 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