Victims, witnesses, bereaved family members or other persons with a legitimate interest in a case may ask the DPP for the reasons behind a prosecution decision such as why a case was discontinued, why a case was resolved a certain way or why the DPP has decided not to appeal against a sentence imposed by a judge.
A request for reasons may be declined in some circumstances, such as where the giving of the reasons by the DPP would interfere with an ongoing police investigation or would prejudice a current or future court case. The reasons why a request would be declined can be found in the DPP Policy.
Requests to the DPP can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to:
Director of Public Prosecutions
PO Box 13085
The DPP has introduced a new process to give vicitms an additional say before decisions are made to discontinue a prosecution.
At present victims are kept informed and their views sought when important decisions are to be made in a prosecution.
This new process provides an additional opportunity for victims to have input prior to a Senior Crown Prosecutor or the DPP reviewing a decision to discontinue.
The new process follows recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the Victorian Law Reform Commission.
Read more here.
See the Discontinuance Review Framework.