New Queensland DPPs named

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Todd Fuller QC and Carl Heaton QC have been appointed Queensland’s new Deputy Directors of Public Prosecutions, a statement from Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath revealed.

The Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1984 allows the appointment of two DPPs and both appointees will begin their three-year terms on 25 July, 2016.

“It’s vital for the ongoing safety of Queenslanders that those who commit serious crimes are not just apprehended and charged, but prosecuted and convicted,” said D’Ath.

“The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions plays a vital role in this process, and I am confident the experience and ability these appointments bring will further strengthen the administration of justice in this state.”

Both of the senior and experienced barristers started working in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions more than 25 years ago. Fuller has worked for the DPP in Ipswich and Toowoomba while Heaton has worked for the DPP in Cairns and Maroochydore.

Fuller‘s experience includes being Acting Director of Public Prosecutions and while Heaton’s experience also includes being Deputy Public Defender since 2007.

D’Ath said the appointments will play a key role in managing the increasing workload of the office of the DPP.

“The Palaszczuk Government is also responding to the growing complexity and demands placed on the criminal justice system by providing extra funding to the DPP,” said the Attorney-General.

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