(1) The Director of Public Prosecutions shall be appointed by the
Governor-General, acting in accordance with the recommendation of the Judicial
and Legal Services Commission.
(2) If the office of Director of Public Prosecutions is vacant or if the
holder of that office is for any reason unable to exercise the functions of his
office, the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the recommendation of
the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, may appoint a person to act as
(3) A person shall not be qualified to be appointed to hold the office of
Director of Public Prosecutions unless he holds one of the specified
qualifications and has held one or other of those qualifications for a total
period of not less than five years.
(4) A person appointed to act in the office of Director of Public
Prosecutions shall, subject to subjections (5), (7), (8) and (9), cease so to
a) when a person is appointed to hold that office and has assumed the
functions thereof or, as the case may be, when the person in whose place he is
acting resumes the functions of that office; or
b) at such earlier time (if any) as may be specified by the Governor-General
at the time of his appointment.
(5) Subject to subsection (7), the Director of Public Prosecutions shall
vacate his office when he attains the prescribed age.
(6) A person holding the office of Director of Public Prosecutions may be
removed from office only for inability to exercise the function of his office
(whether arising from infirmity of body or mind or any other cause or for
misbehavior) and shall not be so removed except in accordance with the provisions
of this section.
(7) The Director of Public Prosecutions shall be removed from office by the
Governor-General if the question of his removal from office has been referred to
a tribunal appointed under subsection (8) and the tribunal has recommended to
the Governor-General that he ought to be removed for inability as aforesaid or
(8) If the Prime Minister or the chairman of the Judicial and Legal Service
Commission represents to the Governor-General that the question of removing the
Director of Public Prosecutions under this section ought to be investigated,
a) the Governor-General shall appoint a tribunal which shall consist of a
chairman and not less than two other members, selected by the Chief Justice from
among persons who hold or have held office as a judge of a court having
unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the
Commonwealth or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from such a court; and
b) the tribunal shall enquire into the matter and report on the facts thereof
to the Governor-General and recommend to him whether the Director ought to be
removed under this section.
(9) If the question of removing the Director of Public Prosecutions has been
referred to a tribunal under this section, the Governor-General, acting in
accordance with the advice of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, may
suspend the Director from the exercise of the functions of his office and any
such suspension may at any time be revoked by the Governor-General, acting in
accordance with such advice as aforesaid, and shall in any case cease to have
effect if the tribunal recommends to the Governor-General that the Director
should not be removed.
(10) The prescribed age for the purposes of subsection (5) is the age of
fifty-five years or such other age as may be prescribed by Parliament:
Provided that any law enacted by Parliament, to the extent to which it alters
the prescribed age after a person has been appointed to be or to act as
Director of Public Prosecutions, shall not have effect in relation to that
person unless he consents that it should have effect.