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Appointment of Director of Public Prosecutions [Damian Bugg]



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News Release

ATTORNEY- GENERAL

THE HON DARYL WILLIAMS AM QC MP

 

9 June 1999

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APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS

 

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Damian Bugg QC, as Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

 

Mr Bugg has s erved as the Tasmanian Director of Public Prosecutions since 1986. His Office has been responsible for the conduct of all criminal prosecutions and civil litigation on behalf of the State of Tasmania.

 

Mr Bugg has had an extensive career in criminal law, and brings to the position all the professional expertise and judgment required for the supervision of all Commonwealth prosecutions.

 

The appointment of Mr Bugg follows the resignation of the previous Commonwealth Director, Mr Brian Martin QC (now Justice Martin), who was appointed to the Supreme Court of South Australia.

 

Mr Bugg has had an active interest in law reform. He worked on the proposals released last year as the DPP/National Legal Aid Best Practice Model for the Determination of Indictable Criminal Trials . That process saw prosecution and defence authorities working together to change current practices, which contribute to excessive delays and costs in criminal trials

 

He is currently a member of a working group set up by the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) to re-examine procedural and evidentiary reforms that were developed through SCAG and implemented to varying degrees in all jurisdictions earlier in the 1 990s. The present exercise focuses on achieving positive cultural and attitude change in all sections of the legal profession.

 

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions is responsible for prosecuting the full range of offences under Commonwealth law including fraud against the Commonwealth, drug importation offences and corporate wrongdoing, and is also responsible for recovering the proceeds of crime.

 

Mr Bugg will take up his appointment on 2 August 1999.

 

 

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