Department of Prosecution

Ministry of Home Affairs

About Dept. of Prosecution

Ideally, the department of Prosecution is headed by Directorate of Prosecution (DoP), at the state level to exercise supervision and scrutiny of work relating to various prosecution agencies at Sessions and Asst. Sessions level except at the High Court level. Public Prosecutor is responsible for supervision of work conducted by Additional Public Prosecutors in the Sessions Courts. Chief Prosecutors supervise the work conducted by Assistant Public Prosecutors in the Court of Metropolitan Magistrates, where the Asst. Public Prosecutor officers scrutinize charge sheets and submit discharge/acquittal. There is a slight variance in above mentioned structure for different states as Section 25(8) of the CrPC provides that the Central or State government may appoint a special public prosecutor (SPP) for any case or class of cases. Provisions for appointment of SPPs are also found in special legislation like the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

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