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.
- 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;