During its plenary meeting in Rome on 16 and 17 December 2014, the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) of the Council of Europe adopted a document on European norms and principles concerning prosecutors, also called the “Rome Charter”.
This Charter is a reference document on European norms and principles concerning public prosecutors in the Council of Europe member States for ensuring independence and autonomy of prosecutors, and for verifying if Recommendation Rec(2000)19 on the role of public prosecution in the criminal justice systems should be updated.
The Rome Charter contains twenty principles incorporating all aspects concerning the status, tasks and operations of the public prosecution in the strict respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms: the prosecutors’ respect of the Rule of Law, independence, autonomy, transparency in their actions, their careers, professional ethics, the handling of proof of evidence, the means put at their disposal, etc.
This document is aimed for state institutions and for judicial, executive and legislative powers, as well as for practitioners and researchers.
The Organisation’s member States are invited to widely disseminate the Charter.