State's Attorney Office of the Republic of Croatia
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State's Attorney Office of the Republic of Croatia
State Attorney Office of the Republic of Croatia
Dr?avno odvjetni?tvo Republike Hrvatske
Croatian State's Attorney Office logo.png
Judicial body overview
Jurisdiction Croatia
HeadquartersGajeva 30a, Zagreb, Croatia
Employees1672 (2013)[1]
Annual budgetHRK 299,816,050 (2013)[2]
Judicial body executives
Coat of arms

politics and government of
DORH headquarters in Zagreb

State's Attorney Office of the Republic of Croatia (Croatian: Dr?avno odvjetni?tvo Republike Hrvatske or DORH) is an autonomous and independent judicial body empowered and duty-bound to instigate prosecution of perpetrators of criminal and other penal offences, to initiate legal measures to protect the property of the Republic of Croatia and to apply legal remedies to protect the Croatian Constitution and laws.[3]

DORH is a unique judicial body that has authority over the whole Croatian territory. Its head is an Attorney General who has deputies. DORH headquarters are in Zagreb, but it is also decentralized and is thus divided into 22 municipal and 15 county offices. Nevertheless, it is a strictly hierarchically structured body, so municipal offices are subordinated to the county offices, while country offices are subordinated to the central office in Zagreb. In addition, Croatian State Prosecutor's Office for the Suppression of Organized Crime and Corruption (USKOK) is a special body of DORH specialized in investigations related to corruption and organized crime.

Organization and jurisdiction

Organization and jurisdiction of the State's Attorney Office are regulated with The Act on the State's Attorney Office.

The State's Attorney Office competent in criminal proceedings is obligated to prosecute and represent the charges against perpetrators of criminal acts which are prosecuted ex officio or upon the proposal and undertake other actions defined by the law. The competent State's Attorney Office acts in misdemeanor proceedings in line with the powers granted to it under the law. A competent State's Attorney Office represents the Republic of Croatia in the protection of assets and other rights in the civil and administrative matters, unless otherwise determined by law or the decision of a competent state body.

The Municipal Offices represent Croatia in the proceedings before a municipal court, a misdemeanor court and administrative bodies, County Offices represent Croatia in the proceedings before a county, administrative and commercial court, while the Central Office represents Croatia, and oversees and protects the rule of law and proceeds with all actions before the Supreme Court, Constitutional Court, High Administrative Court, High Commercial Court, High Misdemeanor Court, and international and foreign justice and other bodies.

Structure of DORH

DORH consist of:[4]

Internal structure of the central office

The Central office has four departments:

  • 1. Criminal - responsible for taking legal actions against the perpetrators of crimes and other criminal activities
  • 2. Civil and Administrative - responsible for taking legal actions to protect the assets of Croatia, providing legal remedies to protect the Constitution and the laws, representing Croatia in proceedings before courts and administrative bodies, and protecting Croatian property and legal interests
  • 3. for Internal Audit
  • 4. for International Legal Assistance and Cooperation

Attorney General and deputies

Attorney General is managing and representing State's Attorney Office. According to The Act on the State's Attorney Office, any Croatian citizen meeting the general and special requirements for the appointment of a deputy in the State's Attorney Office may be appointed as Attorney General. Attorney General is appointed for a four-year term by the Croatian Parliament upon the motion of the Croatian Government and following a prior opinion of the Parliament's Justice Committee. He may be reappointed to the same office numerous times, but if that doesn't happen he has a right to either leave the Office or to continue to work as a deputy attorney. County and Municipal State's Attorneys are appointed for a four-year term by the National State's Attorney Council consisting of seven deputy state's attorneys (elected among and by them from the Office of Attorney General, from county and municipal offices), two university professors of law (chosen by the Croatian universities) and two MPs (one of whom must be from the opposition parties); with a prior opinion issued by the Minister of Justice and the Collegiate Body of the State's Attorney Office. County State's Attorneys are appointed from among the state's attorneys and deputies in the county state's attorney offices or a higher state's attorney office with five years of working experience in the Office. Deputy state's attorneys (in the Office of the Attorney General, in the county and municipal state's attorney offices) are appointed by the National State's Attorney Council. The National State's Attorney Council decides also on disciplinary proceedings concerning state's attorney and deputy state's attorneys (except the Attorney General).

A state's attorney terminates his office when deceased, when he has attained the age of 70 years, and upon the dismissal. State Attorney can be released from duty if he has exercised his duties in an illegal, untimely and insufficiently expert manner; the state's attorney office he represents fails to achieve satisfactory results; he fails to perform the duties in a state's attorney office or justice administration in conformity with the regulations or fails to perform them in due time; has failed to file a request for a disciplinary proceeding in the matters determined by law; he commits an action corresponding to the action referred to under Article 84 of The Act on the State's Attorney Office; the grounds for the dismissal referred to under Article 69, Paragraph 1, items 1 to 4 of The Act on the State's Attorney Office exist. The motion for the dismissal of the State's Attorney General may be filed by the Government. The final verdict is in the hands of the Parliament, that has to obtain an opinion from the Justice Committee.

List of Attorney Generals

Attorney General
# Name Took Office Left Office
1 ?eljko Oluji? 7 December 1990 15 April 1992
2 Vladimir ?eks 10 April 1992 12 August 1992
3 Stjepan Herceg 24 September 1992 28 December 1993
4 Krunoslav Oluji? 29 December 1993 28 November 1994
5 Marijan Hranjski 29 November 1994[a] July 2000
/ Slavko Zadnik (acting) July 2000 7 February 2001
6 Radovan Ortynski 8 February 2001 23 April 2002
7 Mladen Baji? 24 April 2002[b] 23 April 2014
8 Dinko Cvitan 24 April 2014 20 April 2018
9 Dra?en Jeleni? 20 April 2018 Incumbent


Funds for the operation of the State Attorney's Office are provided from the state budget. The amount is provided according to the provisions that apply to the provision of funds for the courts and have to be secured in such an amount to enable a regular execution of all the tasks in the State Attorney's Office. The amount is determined on the basis of a proposal made by the State Attorney. The request has to include an estimate of the workload of regular and temporary tasks, the number of officials, servants, and employees required and other indicators relevant to the determination of a number of funds required. In 2013, Office had annual budget of 299,816,050 HRK (c. EUR40,000).


  1. ^ DORH (2014-09-15). "Izvjee Dr?avnog odvjetni?tva Republike Hrvatske za 2013. godinu". Retrieved .
  2. ^ Slavica Luki? (2014-10-02). "OSTOJI? ODGOVARA CVITANU 'Nije to?no da se policija ne bori protiv korupcije, prijava je duplo vi?e'". Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Hrvatski sabor". Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Dr?avno odvjetni?tvo Republike Hrvatske". Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Dr?avno odvjetni?tvo Republike Hrvatske". Retrieved .


^a He was reelected on 16 November 1995, and took office on 30 November 1995.

^b He was reelected on 3 March 2006 and 12 February 2010.

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