Director of Public Prosecutions
Further to Section 71A of the Bermuda Constitution, The DPP is empowered to institute, take over, or discontinue any prosecution in Bermuda. This is a wholly independent function. The DPP also manages the office, manages the budget, prosecutes important cases in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, and Privy Council, liaises internally in Bermuda with all relevant persons, liaises externally as representative of Bermuda, provides direction and vision for office, mentors other counsel.
There is a Deputy Director (Litigation) and a Deputy Director (Administration). Both Prosecute in all Courts of Bermuda, and may also prosecute in the Privy Council. The Deputy Director (Administration) also manages the assignment of work in the Supreme Courts, the assignment of work in the Court of Appeal, as well as the management of staff training and development. The Deputy Director (Litigation) is also responsible for representing the DPP at legislative reform committees, and for ensuring that the department is aware of any new or amended legislation.
Senior Crown Counsel
There is a Senior Crown Counsel (Specialist) and a Senior Crown Counsel (Administration). Both prosecute in all Courts in Bermuda, and may also prosecute in the Privy Council. The Senior Crown Counsel (Specialist) also provides specialist expertise in the prosecution of Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime areas, Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance where appropriate. The Senior Crown Counsel (Administration) manages the assignment of work in the Magistrates Courts, the assignment of requests for written opinions, as well as the management of the Witness Care Unit.
The Crown Counsel prosecute in all the Courts of Bermuda and can support more senior counsel in the Privy Council. The Single Crown Counsel (Specialist) also provides specialist expertise in the prosecution of Money Laundering, and Proceeds of Crime areas, Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance where appropriate. All Crown Counsel are encouraged to gain broad based skills in all aspects of prosecution.
Crown Counsel (Junior Grade)
Crown Counsel (Junior Grade) commence prosecuting in the Magistrates Court and progress to prosecuting in the Supreme Court. They will have a more senior lawyer as a mentor. They should also gain junioring experience in Supreme Court trials, and Court of Appeal matters, eventually developing to undertaking their own Supreme Court trials.
Pupilage at the Department of Public Prosecutions is a hands-on comprehensive training experience. Pupils in the department gain experience in researching legislation and case law, as well as in case preparation. Pupils get experience through regular court observation in their first six months. Upon receipt of rights of audience, Pupils may be assigned to conduct or assist in a trial in Magistrates’ Court, as well as gaining experience in a variety of other hearings. Those interested in applying for pupilage within the Department should contact the Director of Public Prosecutions and provide a current curriculum vitae with a cover letter. Click here to download the General Pupillage Check List.
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