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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.
Not Guilty Verdict in Terrorism Case
Ottawa – August 19, 2014 – Today in Ontario Superior Court, Khurram Syed Sher, 32, was found not guilty of conspiring to facilitate a terrorist activity, contrary to section 83.19 of the Criminal Code.
The PPSC has 30 days to review the decision and decide whether it will seek to appeal.
A publication ban remains in effect in this matter.
The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is responsible for prosecuting offences under federal jurisdiction in a manner that is free of any improper influence and that respects the public interest. The PPSC is also responsible for providing prosecution-related advice to law enforcement agencies across Canada.
Deskbook and Director’s Guidelines
Federal prosecutors are guided by the policies contained in the FPS Deskbook and by guidelines issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
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