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This chapter provides a general overview of the basic activities and responsibilities in prosecution offices and the most common risks for corruption in prosecution. Attention to corruption risks in the prosecution service is a recent development. Most examples of good practices in addressing these risks are from developed countries. Only a few cross-country assessments, such as evaluations by the Council of Europe and the Organization for American States, have been conducted to date. Nonetheless, a basic assessment of corruption risks – followed by appropriate adjustments to policies and processes – can be done with limited resources, and with external expert advice if needed. The key success factor for this approach is leadership commitment. Agency leaders need to protect their staff from exposure to corruption opportunities, identify corruption risks in all operations and decision-making processes, and use the results to establish clear policies, guidelines, and performance standards, as well as systems for internal review.
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