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Administrative competence to work in the Public Prosecution

Public Prosecution It is part of Abu Dhabi judicial authority, which role is to initiate and take action on criminal cases on behalf of the society members, either by referral to the court or by a issuing a decision of dismissal.

​Attorney General

he comes at the top of the Public Prosecution hierarchy, who is inherently in charge of practicing the functions of the Public Prosecution, with the assistance of the remaining prosecution members, of different levels. Subordinate members assume the powers of the AG, being his default representatives. The Attorney General has the right of judicial and administrative supervision on all other members.

Advocates General (Senior)

In addition to the powers prescribed by law, Senior Advocates General shall exercise the tasks delegated by the Attorney-General. Senior advocates general , advocates general, and chief prosecutors, each within his jurisdiction, shall perform all ordinary functions of the Attorney General in terms of brining and initiating criminal cases, conducting investigations, criminal prosecution, representing the public prosecution before the courts, submitting arguments and appealing judgments all under the default proxy capacity. Advocates general usually represent the Public Prosecution before the Court of Cassation, sign the appeal notices and prepare their briefs and memos stating reasons for appeal.

​Chief prosecutors shall have the competence to

· Bring criminal actions and felony cases before the court, or issue an order that there is no basis for instituting the criminal action.
· Represent the Public Prosecution in the disciplinary court hearings held in relation to judges and prosecutors.
· Directors of prosecution offices shall have the same powers as those mentioned above with the exception of the last paragraph.


Being the representatives of the Attorney General, prosecutors have the competence to investigate and take action on all criminal cases and to claim public rights. They are the frontline members of the judiciary to directly deal with the public by investigating reported incidents and deciding the appropriate legal characterization before taking an action on the offence, in case of felony, either by sending it to the director of the prosecution with a draft order for referral to the Criminal Court supported by a list of verified evidence; or by preparing a dismissal memo indicting the exclusion of the criminal suspicious nature of the crime, or the order to dismiss the case for lack of evidence. If the offence is a misdemeanor, where indictment outweighs innocence, the incident will be ordered to be referred to the Court of Misdemeanors. If sufficient reasons are justified to stay the case with no action to be taken, an order of dismissal will be issued.The administrative role of the Public Prosecution is regulated as follows:

​​Technical Office of the Attorney General

The office is in charge of the Public Prosecution members and its affairs as well as its judicial, supervisory, administrative, and financial duties. It has been established to ensure the proper functioning of the Public Prosecution mission in order to achieve justice and the rule of law in line with the goals set by the Judicial Department. .

​Administrative Office of the Attorney General

It is responsible for organizing all appointments and interviews of the Attorney General as well as the letters and correspondence received or issued by the Attorney-General, and for preparing the administrative decisions and periodic literatures to be presented to the Attorney General.

​​Prosecution Administration

This division assumes the task of coordination, supervision and administrative inspection on all aspects of the administrative work in the Public Prosecution Office. It has several specialized sections to ensure accuracy and control and to improve the level of administrative performance in the public prosecution office.

Specialized Prosecutions, in terms of

Type of crime
It deals with the investigation and disposition of certain types of crimes such as the money prosecution, traffic prosecution, municipal prosecution, naturalization and residency prosecution, domestic workers prosecution, community service prosecution, and tourism prosecution. All of these offices are supervised by the Major prosecution, with the exception of the Media Prosecution affiliated with the Attorney General Office..

Capacity of persons
the Family Prosecution, which is concerned with the investigation and disposition of all misdemeanor offences occurring within the same family or committed by juveniles, and it follows the Major Prosecution

There are 6 major prosecution offices and 16 minor prosecution offices in Abu Dhabi City, Al Ain and Al Dhafra. According to the new strategy of ADJD, the Public Prosecution conducts its functions in accordance with a constantly evolving methodology that seeks to support and protect the society, through promotion of awareness campaigns among the youth and young people, with the aim to safeguard their lives and futures.


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