DPP’s office promotes 15 senior state attorneys

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DPP’s office promotes 15 senior state attorneys
DPP Jane Frances Abodo

A total of Senior State Attorneys in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) have been elevated in an accelerated promotion to the rank of Chief State Attorney.

According to the Office of the DPP, some of the promoted senior state attorneys include the public relations officer, Jacquelyn Okui and her deputy, Irene Nakimbugwe among others.

The office of the DPP says the fast–track promotion allows skipping the Principal State Attorney and Senior Principal State Attorney ranks.

“This milestone marks the officers' transition to Commissioners in the Public Service, where they will play a pivotal role in upholding justice and the rule of law in our society. These officers had been in the rank of Senior State Attorney for over 9 years,” the DPP’s office said.

According to the structure of the ODPP, the role of a Chief State Attorney is to head a district office, assist a regional officer or head a unit, or assist the head of a section in a department at the headquarters in handling the day–to–day administrative duties of the office.

The key duties and responsibilities of a Chief State Attorney include directing the police to investigate information of a criminal nature, advising and guiding the police and other government departments on the conduct of criminal investigations and prosecutions, examining and advising on cases that need the consent of the DPP before prosecution and those requiring withdrawal or a review of the decision to prosecute or not to prosecute, coordinating, supervising and conducting prosecutions within a district or region and prosecuting criminal cases and appeals in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

“With their new responsibilities, it is envisaged that the new Chief State Attorneys will lead with integrity and dedication, ensuring that criminal investigations and prosecutions are conducted with the highest standards of professionalism and ethics.”

 

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