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Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002

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29Public Prosecution Service

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(1)There is to be a prosecuting service for Northern Ireland known as the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland.

(2)The Service is to consist of—

(a)the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland,

(b)the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland, and

(c)the members of staff of the service appointed under subsection (4).

(3)The Service is to be funded by the Secretary of State.

(4)The Director may appoint staff of the Service, but subject to the approval of the Secretary of State as to—

(a)numbers,

(b)salary, and

(c)other conditions of service.

(5)The Director may designate any member of staff of the Service who is—

(a)a member of the Bar of Northern Ireland, or

(b)a solicitor of the Supreme Court;

and any person designated under this subsection is to be known as a Public Prosecutor.

(6)The Director is head of the Service; and the Deputy Director and the Public Prosecutors and the other members of staff of the Service are subject to his direction and control.

(7)The Director and Deputy Director (if barristers) and Public Prosecutors designated under subsection (5)(a) are not prevented from—

(a)conducting any criminal proceedings, or

(b)exercising a right of audience in any criminal proceedings,

by not having been instructed by a solicitor.

(8)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.

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