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Functions of Crown Prosecutors

    (1)     The functions of a Crown Prosecutor are—

S. 36(1)(a) amended by No. 68/2009 s. 93(1).

        (a)     in the name of the Director to file an indictment against any person for an offence in accordance with Part 5.2 of Chapter 5 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2009 ;

S. 36(1)(b) amended by No. 35/1996
s. 453(Sch. 1 item 69.5)

        (b)     to conduct, and appear in, proceedings on behalf of the Director;

S. 36(1)(ba) inserted by No. 6/2007
s. 5(1).

        (ba)     if the Crown Prosecutor, with the consent of the Director, holds an appointment, commission or authority to prosecute offences against laws of the Commonwealth or another State or a Territory, to institute, prepare and conduct proceedings in accordance with that appointment, commission or authority;

        (c)     any other functions that are given to Crown Prosecutors by or under this or any other Act or by the Director.

S. 36(2) amended by No. 68/2009 s. 93(2).

    (2)     Despite subsection (1)(a), no Crown Prosecutor may file an indictment against a person for an offence if the decision to file an indictment for that offence is a special decision.

S. 36(2A) inserted by No. 6/2007
s. 5(2).

    (2A)     The Director's consent under subsection (1)(ba) may be general or specific in nature.

    (3)     In the performance of his or her functions a Crown Prosecutor must have regard to the need to ensure that the prosecutorial system gives appropriate consideration to the concerns of the victims of crime.

S. 36(4) substituted by No. 3/2012 s. 20(1).

    (4)     A Crown Prosecutor is—

        (a)     subject to the general direction and control of the Director in the performance of the Crown Prosecutor's functions; and

        (b)     responsible to the Director for the due performance of the Crown Prosecutor's functions.

    (5)     Nothing in this Act empowers the Director or the Chief Crown Prosecutor to give any direction to a Crown Prosecutor with respect to—

S. 36(5)(a) amended by No. 68/2009 s. 93(3).

        (a)     filing an indictment against any person for an offence in the performance of the function mentioned in subsection (1)(a); or

S. 36(5)(b) amended by No. 36/1995 s. 5(4), substituted by No. 3/2012 s. 20(2).

        (b)     the functions and powers a Crown Prosecutor has as a member of the Director's Committee in relation to special decisions, as provided by Division 2 of Part 8; or

S. 36(5)(c) inserted by No. 36/1995 s. 5(4).

        (c)     the performance of a function or the exercise of a power by a Crown Prosecutor under section 29.

Pt 5A (Heading and ss 36A–36E) inserted by No. 36/1995 s. 7, amended by Nos 35/1996
s. 453(Sch. 1 item 69.5), 108/2004 s. 117(1) (Sch. 3 item 167.2), 18/2005 s. 18(Sch. 1 item 90.4), 83/2008 s. 23, repealed by No. 3/2012 s. 21.

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Pt 6 (Heading and ss 37–39) amended by Nos 36/1995 ss 6(2), 8, 10(7), 35/1996 s. 453(Sch. 1 item 69.6), 46/1998 s. 7(Sch. 1), 108/2004 s. 117(1) (Sch. 3 item 167.3), 68/2009 s. 94, substituted as Pt 6 (Heading and ss 37, 38) by No. 3/2012 s. 21.

Part 6—Associate Crown Prosecutors

S. 37 substituted by No. 3/2012 s. 21.

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