Public Prosecutions in Australia: Law, Policy and Practice - eBook

Public Prosecutions in Australia: Law, Policy and Practice - eBook

By Christopher Corns

eBook - ProView

$207.00* RRP

Date: 04/12/2013

Code: 9780455232706

Thomson Reuters, AUSTRALIA

Available Formats

Format Title Date Code Price
Book+eBook Public Prosecutions in Australia: Law, Policy and Practice - Book & eBook 04/12/2013 41549074 $257.00 Add to cart
Book Public Prosecutions in Australia: Law, Policy and Practice - Book 30/11/2013 9780455231822 $207.00 Add to cart
eBook - ProView Public Prosecutions in Australia: Law, Policy and Practice - eBook 04/12/2013 9780455232706 $207.00 Add to cart



Public Prosecutions in Australia: Law, Policy and Practice is a unique book which explains and critiques the law and policy regulating the conduct of contemporary public prosecutions in Australia. The work takes a national approach by setting out the fundamental common law principles which apply to all public prosecutions, and explaining and comparing the law in each jurisdiction with respect to important topics such as prosecution disclosure obligations and prosecution appeal rights. It also explores key features of the national landscape of public prosecutions in Australia.

The main focus of the book is on the role, powers and responsibilities of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Crown prosecutors and the police - in addition to all federal, State and local regulatory agencies involved in the investigation and prosecution of regulatory offences. Of particular relevance are the various interrelationships between the office of the DPP and federal and State regulatory agencies, including the DPP providing advice to agencies during the course of criminal investigations, the use of immunities in cases of serious cartel offences, and the referral of cases by regulatory agencies to the DPP for prosecution. The working relationship between the police and the DPP is also examined.

The text incorporates recent legislative reforms which affect the work of prosecutors, notably:

  • tightening of statutory disclosure obligations,
  • increased responsibilities towards the victim of the crime,
  • the new criminal jurisdiction of the Federal Court of Australia,
  • the abolition of double jeopardy considerations on Crown appeals against sentence, and
  • the Jury Directions Act 2013 (Vic).

The material follows the key stages of criminal proceedings and explains the relevant critical prosecutorial decisions, the criteria involved and applicable prosecution policies and guidelines.

The book also considers public prosecutions from political perspectives (eg the power of the Attorney-General to give Directions to a DPP and to intervene in prosecution matters), historical perspectives (eg the role of the police as prosecutors and the emergence of the DPP model in Australia in the 1980s), and social perspectives (eg the influence of the crime victim movement on prosecutorial rights and obligations).

Public Prosecutions in Australia: Law, Policy and Practice will be invaluable for practitioners, students, and anyone with an interest in any aspect of public prosecutions in Australia.


Table of Contents


1. Introduction

2. Historical Background

3. The Australian Model in Context

4. Prosecutorial Roles

5. Prosecution Independence    

6. The Decision Whether to Prosecute

7. Police and Prosecutions

8. Victims, Witnesses and the Prosecution

9. Prosecuting the Trial and the Sentencing Hearing

10. Prosecution Appeals

11. Regulatory Prosecutions: Federal Context

12. Regulatory Prosecutions: State and Territory Contexts, Powers and Duties  

13. The DPP and the Coroner’s Court

14. Accountability of Public Prosecutors and the Public Prosecution System

15. Organisational Accountability and Performance Measurement

16. The Attorney-General, Prosecutions and the DPP

17. Conclusions

Resource Downloads

Product Reviews


eBooks and packages including an eBook may not be returned once the software key has been supplied. Your rights as a customer to access and use the ProView™ software and a ProView eBook are subject to acceptance of the ProView content licence agreement.


  • An email with a registration key and instructions for accessing your eBook will be sent after checkout. For existing ProView users the eBook will appear in your library after checkout.

  • Forthcoming/pre-order eBooks will be available after the publication date.

  • The ProView app is not currently available on Kindle. See the latest system requirements

Got a Promo Code?