The Attorney-General, Brian Wightman, today said that recent amendments to the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1973 had now come into effect.

Mr Wightman said in accordance with those amendments, he had, directed Daryl Coates SC to carry out the duties of the Director of Public Prosecutions for Tasmania in an acting capacity.

“Until the recent amendment, the Act required the Solicitor-General to carry out the functions of the DPP whenever the DPP was unable to do so and there was no mechanism available either to direct another person to do so or to appoint an acting DPP.”

Mr Wightman said the Director of Public Prosecutions, Tim Ellis SC, had been suspended from the position with full entitlements until the outcome of a charge against him is finalised.

Mr Wightman said due to the fact that this matter remained before the court, it was inappropriate to make any further comment.

Brian Wightman, Attorney-General