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Scope of activities

Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Article 133. Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic of Azerbaijan

I. Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic of Azerbaijan shall exercise supervision over accurate and uniform execution and application of Laws; in cases specified by the law shall institute proceedings and hold an investigation; shall support state prosecution in court; shall bring in an action; shall protest against court's decisions.  

II. Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic of Azerbaijan shall be a united centralized body consisting of territorial and specialized Prosecutor’s Offices based on their subordination to the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Azerbaijan.  

III. Prosecutor General of the Republic of Azerbaijan shall be appointed to and removed from holding position by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan with the agreement of Milli Majlis.  

IV. Deputies of Prosecutor General of the Republic of Azerbaijan, heads of the specialized republican Prosecutor’s Offices shall be appointed to and removed from the position by the President of the Azerbaijan Republic on the representation of the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Azerbaijan.  

V. Territorial and specialized Prosecutors shall be appointed to the position by the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Azerbaijan with the agreement of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 

Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan "On Prosecutor's Office"

Article 4. Areas of activity of Prosecutor’s Office

The prosecutor's office in cases and manner stipulated by law shall:

  • initiate a criminal case and conduct a preliminary investigation;
  • take charge of procedural aspects of the preliminary investigation of the criminal case, and ensure compliance with laws;
  • control the execution and application of laws in the activities of inquiry and operational search bodies;
  • bring actions in court (apply), participate as a plaintiff in cases of civil and economic disputes;
  • participate as a party in the consideration of criminal cases in court; defend state prosecution;
  • deliver a protest against court decisions; take part in achieving the penalties rendered by courts.

Assignation of duties to the prosecutor's office not provided by the Constitution is not allowed under the present law and procedural legislation.

Article 5. Basic principles of the prosecutor's office

Basic principles of the activity of the Prosecutor's Office include:

  • legality;
  • equality of everyone before the law;
  • observance and respect for the rights and freedoms of individuals, rights of legal entities; objectivity, impartiality and a reference to the facts;
  • unity and centralization, subordination of territorial and specialized prosecutors to the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • political independence.