Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)

For further information on the DPP’s office, and on the Criminal Justice System please refer to the DPP website

How can I get information about the DPP?
How can I get the DPP booklet?
When is the DPP involved in a case?
Are all decisions to prosecute made by the DPP?
How long does it take the DPP to reach a decision once a file has been sent to the office?
Who will tell me the decision of the DPP?
Can I contact the DPP?

If the DPP decides not to prosecute my case, can I request a reason why?
If the DPP decides not to prosecute my case can I appeal this decision?
Is there a time-limit for requesting a review of the DPP’s decision?
If a decision is made not to prosecute, will a suspect be informed of this decision?

How can I get information about the DPP?
You can get information about the DPP by clicking HERE or on the DPP website www.dppireland.ie
There is also a booklet ‘The Role of the DPP’ which answers questions most frequently asked in relation to the DPP.
If you have questions relating to a specific case, you can get information from the investigating Garda about the case.
You can also contact Crime Victims Helpline if you have any questions about getting information about the DPP.

How can I get the DPP booklet?
The DPP booklet is available from the DPP’s office, from any court house, from Crime Victims Helpline, and from libraries and Citizens Information Centres.  It is also available on-line on the DPP’s website.
The booklet is available in English, Irish, Russian, Mandarin, French, Arabic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish and Spanish.

When is the DPP involved in a case?
In the case of homicide, rape, sexual assault, serious physical assault and other crimes considered as ‘more serious’ crimes, the decision to prosecute is made by the DPP.  In these cases the DPP also decides what charges will be laid against the accused person.

Are all decisions to prosecute made by the DPP?
No. In cases that are heard in the District Courts such as minor assaults, public order offences and driving offences, the decision on prosecution may be made by the Garda Superintendent.  The prosecution is taken in the name of the DPP.

How long does it take the DPP to reach a decision once a file has been sent to his office?
The time varies depending on the complexity of the case.  Sometimes further information may be required from the Gardaí, and this can add to the length of the process.  According to the DPP booklet, if the case is straightforward a decision is usually made within two weeks of receiving the completed file.  In some cases a much longer time is required, and it can be several months before a decision is made.

Who will tell me the decision of the DPP?
The investigating Garda will tell you of the decision of the DPP.  The DPP does not communicate this decision directly to victims of crime.

Can I contact the DPP?
Yes, if you are a victim of crime, or a family member of a victim of crime, you may write to the DPP.  The staff of the DPP’s office do not meet with crime victims.

If the DPP decides not to prosecute my case, can I request a reason why?

Yes. You can ask the DPP for a summary of reasons for a decision not to prosecute if the decision was made on or after 16 November, 2015. The request must be made within 28 days of the date that you are told of the decision not to prosecute.  The request must be made on a Request for Reasons Form and sent to the Communications and Victims Liaison Unit at Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Infirmary Road, Dublin 7.

If the DPP decides not to prosecute my case can I appeal this decision?
You can request a review of the decision, and this will be carried out by someone other than the person who made the original decision.  According to the DPP booklet any change in the decision regarding prosecution is normally because new evidence has come to light.

Is there a time-limit for requesting a review of the DPP’s decision?
Yes. If you have asked for a reason for the DPP’s decision, a request for a review must be made within 28 days of the date on the letter telling you of the reason for not prosecuting your case. If you have not asked for a reason for the decision not to prosecute, your request for a review must be made within 56 days. In some cases the DPP may extend these time limits if she thinks there is good reason and if it is in the interests of justice.

If a decision is made not to prosecute, will a suspect be informed of this decision?
Yes, this information will be given to the suspect.