Prosecution of Offences Act, 1974


1.—In this Act—

“the Acting Director” has the meaning assigned to it by section 9 of this Act;

“criminal matters” includes criminal proceedings and applications for any order of certiorari, mandamus, prohibition or other State side order or injunction with respect to criminal proceedings or any other proceedings connected with criminal proceedings or any matter arising thereout and also includes cases stated, certifications by the Attorney General under section 29 of the Courts of Justice Act, 1924 , references under section 34 of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1967 , and applications and other proceedings arising out of criminal proceedings;

“the Civil Service” has the meaning assigned to it by the Civil Service Commissioners Act, 1956 ;

“the Director” has the meaning assigned to it by section 2 of this Act;

“functions” includes powers and duties and references to the performance of a function include references to the exercise of a power and the carrying out of a duty;

“professional officer” means an officer who is a barrister or a solicitor.