What should I expect if I am involved in a matter referred to GSOC?


If you are involved in a matter which is referred to GSOC, you will most likely be aware of this fact at the time. Otherwise you may find out when you are contacted by a GSOC investigator working on the case and asked to assist in establishing the facts.

During the initial examination of the matter under section 91 or any subsequent investigation under section 95 or 98, you may be asked to give a statement, produce notes, provide evidence, or assist GSOC with establishing the facts in other ways. Forensic examinations may take place and you may be asked for physical items of potential evidential value. For example, your clothing or items of equipment may need to be examined for firearms residue, blood or signs of a struggle. You may also be asked to undergo a medical examination, if appropriate. All of this is to objectively establish the facts and corroborate accounts given. It is normal investigative practice.If your involvement in the incident which took place is being looked

If your involvement in the incident which took place is being looked into during the investigation, it does not necessarily mean that you are suspected of an offence or a breach of discipline. If you are, you will be given the opportunity to explain. In accordance with your legal right, you will be cautioned before interview if the investigator considers you in jeopardy of prosecution.How long the investigation will take depends on the complexity of the

How long the investigation will take depends on the complexity of the case, time taken to receive evidence and submissions or statements, and the stages involved. For example, if the file is sent to the DPP following an investigation, the time for the DPP to make a decision and any subsequent criminal justice process will extend the timeline. If there is a death involved, it can be some time before the inquest takes place.If you are subject

If you are subject of an investigation, you will be notified of this and you are entitled to be kept informed of its progress in accordance with section 103(1)(b) of the Act. You can contact the GSOC investigator to enquire about progress, or raise any concerns, at any time.

  • Can GSOC prosecute or impose penalties or sanctions?

    No, GSOC is an investigative agency only. Following a criminal investigation by GSOC, the DPP takes a decision based on the investigation file whether to prosecute or not. Following disciplinary investigations, the Garda Commissioner takes decisions on any appropriate sanctions or actions. Read More
  • Will GSOC send my complaint back to the Garda Síochána?

    If your complaint is dealt with by informal resolution or if it is a criminal matter, it will be dealt with by a GSOC officer. If it is about a possible breach of Garda discipline, then it will most likely be dealt with by a senior Garda officer on our behalf. Sometimes GSOC will decide to supervise these investigations. If we do not supervise and you are unhappy with the outcome, you are entitled to ask us to review how the investigation was undertaken by the Garda officer. Read More
  • What powers do GSOC officers have?

    In criminal investigations, GSOC officers have all the powers, immunities and privileges conferred on, and all the duties imposed on, any member of the Garda Síochána. However, unlike members of the Garda Síochána. Read More
  • How long do complaint investigations typically take?

    The time taken to close an investigation depends on the level of complexity of the case, but to get an indicator, you can look in the Publications section of the website to find the median time taken to close investigations by type, per quarter. Read More
  • Can I make a complaint about a GSOC staff member?

    Yes. We have a complaints process, whereby complaints about our staff are handled in line with the Civil Service Code of Standards and Behaviour. This Code sets out the standards required by all civil servants, including GSOC staff. Read More
  • How will I be notified of a complaint made against me?

    Depending on whether the complaint is admissible or inadmissible, and depending on how it is to be dealt with if it is admissible, there are different notification processes set out in the Act. Read More