Role of the DPP

In carrying out its three main functions, the major activities of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions would include:

Prefers indictments in the high court criminal sessions in Demerara, Berbice and Essequibo. During these criminal sessions, one or more state counsel are assigned to prosecute the cases listed to be heard by the Trial Judges
Appear in the appellate court and the full court in appeals in summary matters and from all indictable charges in the high court
Appear in the magistrate’s court for a technical high profile matter and in extreme instances, where police prosecutors request assistance
Appear in the high court in applications for bail, habeas corpus, or application to leave the jurisdiction and for extension of time to keep persons in custody pending police investigations
To provide the guyana police force and law enforcement agencies with legal advice in the prosecution of criminal cases
To ensure no citizen is charged unjustly
To ensure that persons who break the law are charged and prosecuted according with the laws of Guyana