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Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) is Kenya’s national prosecuting authority. The Office was delinked from the Attorney General’s Office in 2011 after the promulgation of the Constitution in 2010, and operates independently under the guidance of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

ODPP mandate:

To institute and undertake prosecution of criminal matters in Kenya and all other aspects incidental thereto (as derived from Article 157 of the Constitution).

Areas of cooperation

At the request of ODPP, technical assistance from UNODC seeks to increase the quality and efficiency of their service delivery. The main areas of cooperation through PLEAD are:

  • Developing and implementing an institutional change programme to strengthen ODPP organization, procurement processes, human resource management and communications
  • Designing a comprehensive prosecutorial training programme for ODPP including a virtual programme and a mentoring programme for prosecutors
  • Formulating and operationalizing a Diversion Policy, Diversion Guidelines and Explanatory Notes, and Plea Bargaining Guidelines
  • Supporting the design and roll-out of a Performance Management System for ODPP prosecutors
  • Developing and implementing Active Case Management for ODPP
  • Strengthening the data collection capacity of ODPP
  • Engaging ODPP on emerging issues that impact on its mandate to inform policy development, including application of traffic regulations and development of Prosecutors Guide in handling of children in the criminal justice system
  • Conducting justice service weeks and sensitization on topics such as diversion and plea bargaining
  • Establishing and operationalizing an internal complaints mechanism for ODPP
  • Procuring equipment for ODPP offices in focal counties based on a needs assessment.



Diversion brochure: English