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The Prosecutors’ Offices consist of various specialized departments working in cooperation.
Although individual departments work on different tasks, they pursue a common goal:
helping all citizens live in a safer environment, where they can freely fulfill their hopes.
By pursuing justice, prosecutors provide a solid foundation for
peace and security in our society.
Planning & Coordination Department
The Planning & Coordination Department plans main tasks of the prosecution service, establishes and conducts the detailed performance plans. And it generally supports renovation and so on of organizational culture. Also, it conducts tasks such as review of enactment and revision of laws, education of prosecutors, collection and analysis of various statistics, informatization of the prosecution service, operation of equipment of computers and communications, and operation and control of various computer data.
Office of Future Strategy & Vision
The Office of Future Strategy & Vision establishes 'future development plans of the prosecution service' by examining consciousness, constitution, organization, function, system, and practice of the prosecution service. And it studies methods of the reorganization for the change into a future professional organization fitting to transilient knowledge and information times. Furthermore, through empirical studies on the Criminal justice system of each developed country, it proposes new Criminal justice models giving priority to national convenience.
Office of Criminal Justice Policy
Office of Criminal Justice Policy does the researches on the national investigation system encompassing all law enforcement systems including the prosecution and police and then tries to reform the system to the conveniences and benefits of people.
In addition, it conducts the works related to the prosecutor's supervision over police's investigation and the prosecutor's cooperation with police and others.
International Cooperation Center
The International Cooperation Center comprehensively and systematically manages international collaboration among prosecutors by establishing an international cooperation network and nurturing relationships with international experts. Based on this effort, the center aspires to strengthen international capacity to a considerable extent and to effectively respond to sharply increasing levels of transnational crimes by building a database on the status quo of respective countries.
Anti-Corruption & Organized Crimes Department
The Anti-Corruption & Organized Crimes Department finds the focal investigation areas and designates investigation targets on the basis of structural corruption and causes of crimes discovered during in-depth research and analysis on Criminal phenomena which have been taking new dimensions following the economic growth and social development. The Anti-Corruption & Organized Crimes Department performs various tasks including direction, supervision and coordination of special investigation conducted by District Prosecutors' Offices. Specifically, the Department supports the special investigation with accounting analysis and tracing funds, asset recovery, research investigation techniques, international cooperation, and collaboration with relevant institutions.
The Department protects the people from hideous crimes ranging from gang-related violence to narcotics offenses, which greatly threaten the lives and property of the public. In particular, this department proactively responds to changes in the Criminal environment, where narcotics-related crimes involve trespass of national boundaries, and methods of smuggling are increasingly diversifying. As part of these efforts, the department is strengthening global partnership in investigation by holding a regular Anti-Drug Liaison Officials’ Meeting for International Cooperation (ADLOMICO).
This department also supports projects for the elimination of drugs in ASEAN countries with the help from ASEAN Secretariat, and is leading the effort to adopt advanced investigative techniques, such as information systems for investigation of narcotics crimes and Drug Signature Analysis technique.
Criminal Asset Recovery(CAR) Division
Criminal Asset Recovery(CAR) Division was newly established under Anti-Corruption Department at Supreme Prosecutors' Office to strengthen recovery of Criminal proceeds from large-scale corruption. The CAR Division plays a key role in tackling money-laundering crimes nationwide and recovering illicit assets. It also makes close cooperation with relevant departments and organizations to provide support for returning high-profile Criminal proceeds, which are hidden. Besides, it comes up with measures to expand the range of crimes subject to the recovery by revising relevant laws.
Human Rights Department
Crime Victim Rights Division
In line with the global trend of protecting the human rights of those affected by crime, the Crime Victim Rights Division is working to improve the rights and interests of victims through various services and training programs. The division also guarantees the safety of victims and witnesses. These efforts enable the division to help victims overcome their traumatic experiences and to secure their human dignity.
The Criminal Department protects the human rights of the public by managing various legal infractions and conflicts that occur in everyday lives of the citizens, such as economic and traffic offenses. The department supervises the investigation of police officers, and deals with complaints or petitions. Cases related to environmental and medical issues are also processed by this department.
Public Security Department
The Constitution of the Republic of Korea upholds the basic order of free democracy as the nation’s core value. Accordingly, the main duty of this department is to defend democracy and the market economy, and to secure safety and legal order within the community. The Public Security Department strives to protect our nation and society against disorder stemming from terrorist activities, conflicts, and other offenses that could undermine public security. Investigating illegal election campaign practices allows the department to contribute to the establishment of a fair and transparent election culture. Furthermore, this department has taken the initiative in building a win-win relationship between labor and management, ultimately enhancing Korea’s national competitiveness.
Criminal Trial & Civil Litigation Department
The Criminal Trial & Civil Litigation Department exercises the nation’s authority to punish crime by facilitating prosecution in court through various legal processes, including evidence collection, sentence proposal, and presentation of arguments. This department is responsible for state and administrative litigations as well as state compensation. It is also in charge of carrying out sentences and providing Criminal compensation.
Forensic Science Investigation Department
The Forensic Science Investigation Department of the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office is in the front line to protect the life, safety, property and human rights of the public by assisting prosecutor investigation with fast and accurate analysis on Criminal evidence and systemic response to digital forensic and cybercrimes. Introducing advanced forensic equipment, research on analysis techniques, building a digital network and fostering specialized investigators help the Department strengthen its scientific investigation capabilities and pursue the best scientific investigation organization.
For a fairer and more transparent internal inspection system, the existing Inspection Department reformed itself as the Inspection Headquarters in September 2010 and the new Headquarters' external recruitment of its Director General (a Chief Prosecutor level), ensured the independence of its functions.
The Inspection Headquarters consists of the Inspection Division I which is in charge of investigating and punishing irregularities of staff members and the Inspection Division II which conducts internal audit of the organization's general activities and operations.