Our organisation

The Director

The Director of Public Prosecutions  is a statutory officer, independent of the Attorney-General’s Department, who initiates and conducts criminal prosecutions in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts of South Australia. The Director of Public Prosecution also initiates and conducts appeals in the Full Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia.


The Executive Committee of the Office comprises the Director, the Deputy Director – Solicitor, the Deputy Director – Counsel, the Managing Prosecutors, and the Director Business Services. The Executive Committee meet each month and has overall responsibility for the establishment, implementation and evaluation of the strategic direction of the Office. It also has responsibility for policy and determines responses to the important legal issues affecting the Office.

Counsel Section

The Counsel Section is managed by the Deputy Director – Counsel. The Counsel Section (including the Chief Crown Prosecutor) undertakes the prosecution of the most serious criminal pleas and trials within the District and Supreme Courts of South Australia. In addition to the Director, Deputy Director – Solicitor and Deputy Director – Counsel, senior members of the Counsel Section may also undertake appeal work in the Court of Criminal Appeal and in the High Court of Australia.

Solicitors’ Section

The Solicitors’ Section in the largest section within the Office and resolves approximately 80% of the files that commence as major indictable prosecutions in the Office.

Solicitor work includes committals in the Magistrate’s Courts of Adelaide, Christie’s Beach, Holden Hill and Port Adelaide, pre-trial hearings, preparation of files for trial, fraud and Drug Court matters, mental health orders and circuit court work conducted in Mount Gambier and Port Augusta.

Solicitors appear in all criminal courts when submissions are made on guilty pleas, when disputed facts hearings proceed and in relation to permission to appeal and appeal arguments.

Senior members of the Section also undertake appeal work in the Court of Criminal Appeal.

Confiscations Section

The Criminal Assets Confiscation Act 2005 gives the Director of Public Prosecutions the power to seek to confiscate proceeds and instruments of crime. The staff of the Confiscations section undertake the necessary work in order to effect outcomes under the Act including:

  • Making application to the court for restraining orders over property to ensure that it is not disposed of during the course of criminal proceedings;
  • Making application to the court for forfeiture orders, in which property which is the proceeds of an offence, or was used in connection with the commission of an offence, can be forfeited; and
  • Making application for pecuniary penalty orders, in which a monetary sum is paid to the Victims of Crime Fund, based on the value of benefits received from the commission of an offence or the value of property used in connection with the commission of an offence.

Witness Assistance Service

The Witness Assistance Service (WAS),  managed by the Witness Assistance Service Manager, provides a range of targeted services and supports to victims of crime, prosecution witnesses, and their immediate family members who are involved in matters dealt with by the Office. These people may be especially vulnerable due to the type and nature of the criminal offences involving them and/or as a result of their personal circumstances. The WAS staff ensure that victims and witnesses have access to information and support services and are aware of their rights and responsibilities when dealing with the criminal justice system of South Australia. Information, education, support and referral services are also provided to those living in regional and remote areas.

Business Services

The Business Services Section of the Office is managed by the Director, Business Services. The section comprises a number of administrative teams including law clerks, secretaries, and administrative staff. The law clerk section is managed by the Law Clerk Manager who provides oversight and strategic management of the substantial law clerk workforce who work closely with the solicitor teams on all matters conducted by the Office.  The Administration Co-ordinator provides support and supervision to several sections of the Business Services team.

Administrative staff within the Business Services Section undertake significant support services within the Office including reception, a rounds delivery service, human resource, procurement , records management, health and safety and information technology responsibilities.