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The Public Prosecution Service of Canada launches PPSC Deskbook
Ottawa – September 2, 2014 – The Public Prosecution Service of Canada today published the PPSC Deskbook, a policy manual that sets out the guiding principles which all federal prosecutors must follow. It is the primary mechanism by which the Attorney General of Canada and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) provide guidance to Crown counsel regarding the manner in which they exercise their prosecutorial discretion.
Before the enactment of the PPSC Deskbook, federal prosecutors were guided by the policies in the Federal Prosecution Service Deskbook, first published in 1993, by the Department of Justice Canada. When the PPSC was created in 2006, federal prosecutors continued to follow the FPS Deskbook, pursuant to a directive from the Attorney General of Canada, as well as guidelines issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions, pursuant to section 3(3)(c) of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act.
The launch of the PPSC Deskbook further reaffirms the PPSC as an independent prosecuting authority. These publicly available guidelines provide principled guidance to prosecutors while helping to promote transparency and enhance public confidence in the administration of justice.
PPSC Annual Report Tabled in Parliament
Ottawa – August 21, 2014 – The Director of Public Prosecutions, Brian Saunders, today announced the tabling in Parliament of the Annual Report 2013-2014 of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. The report covers the period from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.
In 2013–2014, the PPSC worked on 81,057 files. This includes 47,520 files opened during the year, as well as 33,537 carried over from previous years. High-complexity drug cases continued to require a significant amount of PPSC resources. While high-complexity files represented about 2.5% of staff counsel’s drug prosecution caseload, they took up over 37% of the time dedicated to drug prosecutions.
“This was a particularly busy year for PPSC staff in several areas,” said Mr. Saunders. “The PPSC has developed its own policy manual, the PPSC Deskbook, which will be introduced later this year. The PPSC also developed the Federal Prosecutor Development Program. Launched in May 2013, it is designed to ensure junior prosecutors develop the skills they need to advance in their career.”
“We are proud of our prosecutors. Their work continues to demonstrate a high level of legal excellence and expertise,” said Mr. Saunders.
The PPSC is responsible for prosecuting offences under more than 250 federal statutes and for providing prosecution-related legal advice to law enforcement agencies. As of March 31, 2014, the organization had 1,059 employees. The PPSC also retains the legal services of 473 individually appointed lawyers, from 201 private-sector law firms, as standing agents in communities across Canada.
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