The mandate of ODPP as derived from Article 157 of the Constitution is to institute and to undertake prosecution of criminal matters and all other related incidents.
These include:

  •     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;

The ODPP Mandate is executed through four departments namely: Offences Against the Person; Economic, International & Emerging Crimes; County Affairs & Regulatory Prosecutions and Central Facilitation Services.
Each of these departments is headed by a Deputy Director.