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Publication Scheme
About this publication scheme

Under Section 19(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 every public authority is required to adopt and maintain a publication scheme setting out the classes of information it holds, the manner in which it intends to publish the information and whether or not a charge will be made for the information.

The Information Commissioner, who is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, has drawn up a Model Publication Scheme and a Definition Document for all Northern Ireland Public Sector organisations.

The PPS has formally adopted the Information Commissioner’s model publication scheme. The scheme is organised into seven classes of information which are set out below.

Our scheme will be subjected to regular updating and periodic review to ensure that the published information remains current / relevant.

Classes of information

1. Who we are and what we do.

Roles and Responsibilities- Departmental Structure. (Organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance.)

 About the PPS
 Organisational Charts.

2. What we spend and how we spend it.

(Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurement and contracts.)

     Annual Report and Accounts

3. What our priorities are and how we are doing.

Strategy and performance information, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews.

     Annual Reports
     Management Board Minutes

4. How we make decisions.

Policy proposals and decisions. Decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures, consultations.

     Code for Prosecutors

5. Our policies and procedures.

Current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities.

     Complaints Procedure
     Reviews Procedures

6. Lists and registers.

Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the authority.

     FOI Disclosure log

7. The Services we offer

Advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases. A description of the services offered

     Victim Witness Care Unit
     Press releases

All information on the publication scheme is free to access and use, however a small fee may be charged should you request any of the information in hardcopy. You will be informed if there are any charges prior to release of the information.

Written requests

If the information you seek is not available via our publication scheme you can make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Requests for information must be in writing (via email or post). Please give your name and an email or correspondence address, and describe the information requested in as much detail as possible. Find out more about how the Freedom of Information Act and access to our Disclosure log here.

Requests should be made by email to:

or by post:

Freedom of Information Team
Public Prosecution Service
Room 115
Belfast Chambers
93 Chichester Street

Subject Access Requests Under The Data Protection Act

Please note that the Freedom of Information Act is essentially about non-personal information. If you are seeking information of a personal nature the request should be made as a Subject Access request under the Data Protection Act 1998. Further information, including how to make a request, is available here.

Alternative formats

If the information is not in a format that meets your needs please contact us at or by post at the address outlined above.