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The Prosecutor General's Office

The Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) is the highest body of the Public Prosecution Service, and it comprises the Prosecutor General as its president, the High Council of the Public Prosecution Service, the Consultative Council of the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Legal Auditors and the Technical and Administrative Support Services [article 220(1), (2) of the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic/CPR, articles 9(1),(2), 11, 12(1/a) the Statute of the Public Prosecution Service/SPPS]

The following departments operate under its authority [article 9(3) of the SPPS]

In general, its powers are listed in article 10 of the SPPS and in article 219(5) of the CPR. For a global overview see the powers conferred to its various components:

Apart from being a complex body, the Prosecutor General’s Office is also the central authority for the international judicial co-operation in criminal matters and for the apostille, as well as a supervisory entity as regards the legal regime applicable to incompatibilities and impediments of senior public officeholders. The Data Oversight Commission of the Portuguese Republic Intelligence System has its seat at the Prosecutor General’s Office.