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Central Department of State Litigation and Collective and Diffuse Interests

The Central Department of State Litigation and Collective and Diffuse Interests is a coordinating and representative body of the State in court, which has jurisdiction in civil, administrative and tax matters, which it is responsible for (articles 61(1)(2) and 63(1)(2) of the Statute of the Public Prosecution Service/SPPS).

The representation of the State in court, in defence of its patrimonial interests, in cases of special complexity or of particularly relevant patrimonial value, by decision of the Prosecutor General;

 Organize the representation of the State in court, in defence of its patrimonial interests;

 Ensure the defence of collective and diffuse interests;

 Prepare, examine and monitor forms of extrajudicial composition of conflicts in which the State is interested;

 Support the prosecutors in representing the state in court;

 Propose, to the Prosecutor General, instructions and guidance in the specific areas of his intervention;

 Promote the standardization of the activity of prosecutors, developing studies and preparing manuals, protocols and guides to good practices.

By order of the Government member responsible for the area of justice, departments of state litigation and collective and diffuse interests in the Regional Deputy Prosecutors General's Offices may be created. The creation of these departments is preceded by a deliberation of the High Council of the Public Prosecution Service, on the proposal of the Prosecutor General, after hearing the respective Regional Deputy Prosecutor General (article 61(3)(4) of the SPPS).


DirectorIvone Maria Matos Matoso, state prosecutor