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Opinions

   
27.1 A matter may be referred to the ODPP by Northern Territory Police or another agency for an opinion. A full brief of evidence must accompany each referral.
   
27.2 Advice on the outcome of the opinion will be communicated by letter or memorandum to the relevant person or agency seeking the opinion. The final determination will be disclosed such as no proceedings are recommended or charges are to be discontinued. A brief statement of reasons may be provided if for example no reasonable prospect of a conviction or insufficient evidence to commence/continue proceedings.
   
27.3 The opinion is subject to legal professional privilege. Neither the opinion nor detailed reasons for the opinion will be disclosed to persons outside the ODPP without the prior consent of the Director.
   
27.4 All opinions are to be referred to the Deputy Director or General Counsel in Darwin or the Crown Prosecutor in Charge or the Senior Crown Prosecutor in Alice Springs. Prosecutors are expected to complete their opinions within one month of receipt of the brief of evidence.
   
27.5 All cases involving the death of any person, must be referred to the Director.