Code of Conduct
The work of the Public Prosecution requires dealing with several parties: such as the relation between prosecutors and their superiors, colleagues and those working under their supervision; their relation with police and the accused and their lawyers on one hand, and victims, civil rights claimants, and other adversaries and witnesses on the other. These relations are regulated through different mechanisms including clear instructions as well as provisions from different laws.
Given the importance of this matter, the Public Prosecution has previously issued a group of documents on the duties and responsibilities of prosecutors including the code of professional ethics for public prosecutors in Palestine, which is considered general guidelines.
The most important phase was when the Attorney General issued Judicial Instructions No. 1 of 2006 in which the methodology of work to be followed by prosecutors was addresses, specifically in chapter six. To build on this effort that is based on experience, the expertise of senior prosecutors and the practices of neighboring countries, the Public Prosecution is working on developing a professional code of ethics that includes the qualities a prosecutor should have, such as integrity, impartiality, not being affected by media, and seeking the truth, in addition to other articles on relations with relevant parties such as lawyers and police, as well as articles to prevent conflict of interest and prohibited actions. It is worth noting that there is communication between the public prosecution and other NGOs to prepare a code of conduct for prosecutors. This code of conduct represents a moral obligation for prosecutors which should have a great effect on the work of the Public Prosecution.