The tasks and the organisation of the Prosecution Service are described in Part 10 (sections 95-107) of the Danish Administration of Justice Act.
It is the task of the Prosecution Service in co-operation with the Police to prosecute crimes in pursuance of the rules of the Danish Administration of Justice Act. The overall objectives of this task are described in Section 96(2) of the Danish Administration of Justice Act.
This provision states that the Prosecution Service shall proceed with every case at the speed permitted by the nature of the case. In this connection the Prosecution Service shall ensure that those liable to punishment are prosecuted and the innocent are not prosecuted ("the principle of objectivity").
The Prosecution Service is governed by the Minister of Justice who supervises the public prosecutors. The Prosecution Service is composed of the Director of Public Prosecutions, The Regional State Prosecutors, one specialized State Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crimes and the Commissioners.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
The Director of Public Prosecutions conducts criminal cases before the Supreme Court and, in addition, takes part in hearing cases put before the Criminal Cases Review Commission. The Director of Public Prosecutions is superior to the other prosecutors and supervises their work, and the Director of Public Prosecutions processes complaints of decisions made by the Regional Public Prosecutors in the 1st instance. Also, the Danish Prosecutions International Affairs is placed with the Director oof Public Prosecutions.
The State Prosecutors
Two Regional State Prosecutors conduct criminal cases before the two High Courts and supervise the Commissioners’ handling of criminal cases. Furthermore, the Regional State Prosecutors process complaints against decisions made by the Chiefs of Police regarding prosecution. Finally, the Regional State Prosecutors deal with cases of compensation with regard to criminal prosecution, and some complaints against the police.
The State Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime is – nationwide – responsible for prosecuting serious economic crimes and international criminal cases committed abroad including cases concerning genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The Police Commisioners
The 12 Commissioners act as prosecutors before the city courts (1st instance) and thus – in addition to the management of the police – are responsible for the inquiries and investigations conducted by the police district as well as the operation of the local Prosecution Service.