An independent office
The Director acts independently of the government and of political influence. The Director also acts independently of inappropriate or sectional interests in the community and of inappropriate influence by the media. The Director is independent of police and other investigating bodies and agencies. The Director’s functions are also carried out independently of the courts.
The Director is assisted in carrying out his functions by the Deputy Director (who acts in his absence), Crown prosecutors and administrative staff employed in the Office.
A key aspect of maintaining the Director’s independence and objectivity is not engaging in public discourse or providing commentary on what decisions he will be making with regard to any upcoming charges, discharges or whether or not he will be appealing a particular decision. The objective of this policy is not to avoid transparency or accountability, but rather to ensure that the Director, Deputy Director and Crown prosecutors can undertake their duties as fairly as possible, without undue external influence.