Delegation to Articling Students
Delegation of the Director pursuant to subsection 9(1)
of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act
- I authorize articling students employed by or seconded to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada to act for or on my behalf in the exercise of the power to initiate and conduct prosecutions under paragraph 3(3)(a) of the Act, and to advise law enforcement agencies or investigative bodies under paragraph 3(3)(d) of the Act.
- Articling students are only authorized to exercise these powers when:
- The applicable provincial or territorial legislation and court rules allow articling students to exercise these powers; and
- Articling students act under the supervision of their principal at PPSC and further to the principal's instructions.
- When acting pursuant to this delegation, articling students who are seconded to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada may only receive instructions from the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.
- Nothing in this delegation authorizes articling students to act for or on my behalf to initiate a prosecution or take a specified step in a prosecution in circumstances where the Criminal Code or any other Act of Parliament requires the express consent or approval of the Attorney General of Canada or the Director of Public Prosecutions.
- When acting pursuant to this delegation, articling students must comply with all applicable guidelines and directives contained in the Public Prosecution Service of Canada Deskbook.
- This delegation takes effect immediately, for all articling students currently employed or seconded to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, and takes effect on the day a person is appointed or seconded as an articling student, in all other cases.
Signed in Ottawa, in the Province of Ontario, this 25th day of March 2022.
(Original signed by)
Director of Public Prosecutions and
Deputy Attorney General of Canada
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