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Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002

Section 29: Public Prosecution Service

54.Subsection (2) of this section sets out the composition of the Prosecution Service. There are two statutory office holders: the Director and Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions. Subsection (8) makes it clear that the Director may set up and maintain such offices, in such places in Northern Ireland, as he considers appropriate for the exercise of his functions.

55.Subsection (3) makes it clear that the Prosecution Service is to be funded by the Secretary of State. Subsection (4) deals with the staff of the Prosecution Service. These are currently civil servants, who are considered to be on secondment from the Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel. There are no plans to change this arrangement. As the main work of the service will be the conduct of prosecutions, staff to be designated as prosecutors will need to be legally qualified, as set out in subsection (5))..

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