The Prosecutor General acts as the supreme prosecutor and heads the prosecution service. The present incumbent of the post is Raija Toiviainen. The Deputy Prosecutor General serves as his deputy.
The Prosecutor General serves as the prosecutor in cases which by law fall within his remit or which he takes over. Among other things, he decides on a prosecutor’s application for leave to appeal and represents prosecutors in the Supreme Court.
The Prosecutor General is also responsible for improving the legal quality and consistency of the prosecution service. He appoints district prosecutors, participates in the development of legislation, issues general instructions to prosecutors and oversees prosecutors subordinate to him.
He may take over a case from a subordinate prosecutor or assign a subordinate prosecutor to a case where he has decided a case is to be brought.
The Prosecutor General brings charges in the High Court of Impeachment.