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DPP responds to Bulitavu’s statement on AG portfolios

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) has clarified that they do not come under the direct control of the Attorney-General (AG). This is after a statement released by the Honourable Mosese Bulitavu, Shadow Minister for Defence, Public Enterprises, and Trade dated 1st July 2016 included the Office of the Director of Public […]

Salote Qalubau

July 5, 2016 8:01 am

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) has clarified that they do not come under the direct control of the Attorney-General (AG).

This is after a statement released by the Honourable Mosese Bulitavu, Shadow Minister for Defence, Public Enterprises, and Trade dated 1st July 2016 included the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), amongst others, as part of nine ministerial portfolios held by the Honourable Attorney-General.

This was also repeated in parliament by Opposition Leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa.

In a statement, the Director of Public Prosecution Mr Christopher Pryde clarified the issue saying that this is not correct.

PRYDE: “This is not correct and the ODPP wishes to, again, clarify the relationship between the ODPP and the Attorney-General.”

Mr Pryde said the ODPP is a constitutional office of State established under section 117 of the Constitution.

PRYDE: “The functions of the ODPP are performed by a Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) appointed for a 7-year period by the Judicial Services Commission chaired by the Chief Justice. The DPP does not report to the Attorney-General or to any member of government other than through official briefings from time to time on administrative or budgetary issues.”

He said the ODPP as a constitutional office of State is an independent and non-political office.

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