Welcome to NPA Zambia

The National Prosecution Authority (NPA) is an autonomous body established by the National Prosecution Authority Act No. 34 of 2010. The Authority is in charge of prosecuting people charged with criminal offences. 

The Authority is headed by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) who is appointed by the President subject to ratification by Parliament. The Constitution vests the DPP with the following powers:- 

  • To institute and undertake criminal proceedings against any person before any court, other than a court martial, in respect of any offence alleged to have been committed by that person;
  • To take over and discontinue any criminal proceedings that have been instituted or undertaken by any other person or authority;
  • To discontinue at any stage before judgment is delivered such criminal proceedings as may have been instituted or undertaken by himself or any person or authority.

Duties of Witnesses (Victims)

Witnesses are essential to the successful investigation and prosecution of criminal cases. Courts cannot dispense justice without them. So on the co-operation of witnesses in order to fulfill its mandate of prosecuting offenders.