L-R: ADPP Mr Lee Burney, DPP Mr Christopher Pryde, ADPP Ms Elizabeth Rice and ADPP Dr. Andrew Jack.
Assistant Directors of Public Prosecutions (ADPPs)
The Assistant DPPs play an advisory role to the DPP and a managerial role in governing the (legal) operational functions of the ODPP, on behalf of and on the instructions of the DPP.
The ADPPs assist the DPP in the smooth and efficient functioning of the ODPP by ensuring that all criminal cases are prosecuted in accordance with the law and prosecution principles, in a timely manner. In assisting the DPP in the efficient management of the ODPP and in the enforcement of the criminal laws in Fiji, they are expected to keep themselves up to date with local and global developments in criminal law and procedures.
Accordingly, they actively contribute towards staff professional development by participating and conducting regular trainings for the State Counsels and establishing a mentoring role with the ODPP team. They also play a proactive role in raising public awareness of criminal legal issues, with special focus on changes in criminal law and procedures.
The ADPPs also assist the DPP in developing and implementing strategic policies that contribute to the development and management of prosecution standards and help modify operational systems to enhance service delivery of the ODPP.
Additionally, the ADPPs manage the allocation of matters to State Counsel and prosecute trials of a sensitive nature and appear for appeals in the High Courts, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Fiji.