Our history

The ODPP came into operation on 6 July 1992.  South Australia was the last State or Territory in Australia to establish an independent Director of Public Prosecutions.

Prior to the creation of the Office, major indictable criminal offences were prosecuted by the Crown Prosecutor’s Office, under the guidance of the Attorney General’s Department.

When the bill for the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1991 was introduced in Parliament to create the Director of Public Prosecutions, the then Attorney General, The Hon. Christopher Sumner AM stated:

 “The creation of a statutory authority, headed by the Director will mean that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is independent, and seen to be independent from political or ministerial intervention and that the exercise of prosecutorial discretions is vested in an independent, professional office”

In 1992, the Office was staffed by about 40 legal and administrative staff.

In 1995, the ODPP employed its first Social Workers to support victims of crime, their immediate families and witnesses for the prosecution in matters dealt with by the Office.

Today, the Office comprises some 140 legal and administrative staff and witness assistance officers.  This increase in staff over the years, reflects the complexity and number of matters handled by the Office.

South Australia has been served by the following Directors of Public Prosecutions:

  • Paul Rofe QC (1992 – 2004)
  • Stephen Pallaras QC (2005 – 2012)
  • Adam Kimber SC (2012 – 2019)
  • Martin Hinton QC (2019 – present)