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Deputy prosecutors general

They occupy the highest hierarchical rank of the magistracy of the Public Prosecution Service, to which district prosecutors may accede only by way of merit [article 116(3) of the Statute of the Public Prosecution Service/SPPS].

According to the Statute, a deputy prosecutor general holds office:

— at a District Deputy Prosecutors General’s Office [articles 4(1)(b), 55(2) of the SPPS]

— as legal auditor [article 124 of the SPPS]

— at the superior courts [article 125(1)]

— as District Prosecutor General [article 126(1) of the SPPS]

— at the Central Administrative Courts [articles 4(1/b), 126 (1) of the SPPS)

— as director of the Central Department of Criminal Investigation and Prosecution/CDCIP [articles 46(2), 127(1) of the SPPS]

— as director of a Department of Criminal Investigation and Prosecution/DCIP in counties corresponding to the seat of the judicial districts [articles 72(2), 127(1) of the SPPS]

— at the Consultative Council of the Prosecutor General’s Office [article 128 of the SPPS]

— as Vice-Prosecutor General [article 129(1) of the SPPS]

— at the Inspection of the Public Prosecution Service [article 132(1) of the SPPS]

According to the Law that makes provision for the regime on the judicial system organisation (Law No. 62/2013 of 26 August 2013), the deputy prosecutors general («Procuradores-Gerais-Adjuntos») may also hold office at the county administrative courts and the tax courts, at the extended territorial competence courts — i.e. the Intellectual Property Court, the Competition, Regulation and Supervision Court, the Maritime Court, the Supervision Court, the Central Examining Judges’ Court —, at the central jurisdiction sections [sections specialised in civil, criminal and examining matters, as well as in family and minors, labour, commerce and  recovery matters], at the local jurisdiction sections [generic competence sections (in civil, criminal and petty crime matters) and proximity sections] operating since 01.09.2014 at the first instance courts [articles 10(1/c), 81, 83(3), 148], and as co-ordinators at the County District Prosecutors’ Offices (article 99).

They take office before the Prosecutor General [article 142(b) of the SPPS].

They are granted the same rank, treatment and honours as those of the Justices of the Appeal Courts. They also use the same professional attire [article 90(3) of the SPPS].



Members of the Public Prosecution Service’s seniority list as of 31 December 2016