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Director of Public Prosecutions

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is the independent prosecuting authority for the State of Western Australia, responsible for prosecuting all serious offences committed against State criminal law.

The DPP does not investigate crime - that is the role of investigating agencies such as the WA Police Service and the Corruption and Crime Commission.

The DPP determines the charges to be heard and independently conducts prosecutions. The DPP relies on information provided by police following their investigations, and will liaise closely with the police in the course of the prosecution.

More information on the role and functions of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is available on its website.

What contact can you expect from the DPP?

The DPP is not the legal representative of victims of crime. However, the DPP acknowledges victims in the justice system and will take their views into account when making decisions on prosecutions.

The DPP will usually initiate contact with you by sending a standard letter (including a notification form) informing you of the forthcoming court appearance and inviting you to prepare and submit a Victim Impact Statement.

If you wish, the DPP will keep you informed of the charges laid, court dates, the progress of the case, and whether you are required to give evidence.

You will need to complete and return the notification form to be kept informed.

Contact details

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
Level 1, 26 St Georges Terrace

Phone: (08) 9425 3999
Freecall: 1800 264 144
Fax: (08) 9425 3600

Last updated: 12-Apr-2019

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