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Prosecutions Division

Overview of the Prosecutions Division

The Prosecutions Division is headed by the Director of Prosecutions, Richard Butters.

HM Attorney General has responsibility for the enforcement of the criminal law in the Isle of Man and represents the Crown in the prosecution of offences.

On behalf of HM Attorney General, the Prosecutions Division, under the guidance of the Director of Prosecutions, prosecutes all criminal offences in the Island.

Summary offences, which comprise less serious offences, are prosecuted in the Summary Courts.

More serious offences are prosecuted in the Court of General Gaol Delivery.

The Prosecutions Division

  • Advises the police, Government Departments, Statutory Boards and Offices on cases for possible prosecution
  • Reviews cases submitted by the police for prosecution
  • Determines the charge in the more serious and complex cases
  • Prepares cases for court
  • Presents those cases at court

HM Attorney General may refer cases, on a point of law or if a sentence is unduly lenient, to the Appeal Division for determination. The Prosecutions Division, on behalf of HM Attorney General, presents legal argument to assist the Appeal Division in reaching its opinion.

Please see the downloadable documents for protocols and guidelines relating to the work of the Prosecutions Division.

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