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About the Office

The Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) provides criminal and civil law services to the State of Tasmania.  Specifically, the DPP undertakes:

  • the conduct of all criminal prosecutions on indictment in the Supreme Court and, where qualified Counsel is available, in Magistrates Courts where required;

  • the representation of Agencies in the prosecution of regulatory offences;

  • the representation of Agencies in appeal from Magistrates Courts to the Supreme Court, and in Tribunal or Board hearings involving Government Agencies;

  • the conduct of all civil litigation on behalf of the State and its Agencies;  and

  • representation of the Crown in appeals to the Full Court, Court of Criminal Appeal and the High Court.

The DPP does not provide legal assistance to members of the public, and does not represent victims of crime.  The DPP represents the State of Tasmania.

Victims of crime are urged to contact the Victim Support Service to seek information about services available to victims.  Members of the public requiring legal assistance should contact their own solicitor or the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania.