Thursday 19 October 2017

Digital crime 'spans globe'

The Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus
The Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

The Director of Public Prosecutions is seeking greater international cooperation in combating crime which increasingly spans the globe.

Advances in the digital age and globalisation are presenting increased challenges for prosecutors and investigators, DPP Claire Loftus said.

A lot of crime is now "transnational, sometimes spanning a number of jurisdictions", she told the International Association of Prosecutors conference in Dublin. She said the association's vision was to raise standards of prosecutors worldwide and to improve international cooperation.

Over 500 delegates from around the world are attending the conference this week.

Ms Loftus said the complexity of work done by prosecutors had also grown in recent years and that effective relationships with investigatory bodies was "extremely important".

"Many regulatory agencies have been established dealing with environmental crime, corporate crime and health and safety. Investigators are becoming ever more reliant on prosecutors for legal advice as the law becomes increasingly complex," she said.

Irish Independent

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