Federal Provincial Territorial Heads of Prosecutions Committee

The Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Heads of Prosecutions Committee was established in 1995. The Committee is made up of the heads of each of Canada’s 12 prosecution agencies. This includes the heads of prosecution for the ten provincial prosecution services, as well as the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Director of Military Prosecutions. The committee’s goal is to promote mutual assistance and cooperation regarding operational issues. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is a permanent co-chair of the Committee and a provincial co-chair is designated on a rotating basis. The PPSC also provides logistical support and secretarial services to the Committee.

Mandate

The mandate of the Committee is to:

Since its inception, the Committee has helped promote assistance and cooperation among prosecution services and facilitated the coordination of national prosecution issues and the adoption of a consistent prosecution position on those issues whenever possible. The Committee also serves as a national advisory body on prosecution issues in Canada, providing a venue where stakeholders can consult and seek the views of the Canadian prosecution community.

The Committee meets twice a year. Each prosecution service hosts a meeting on a rotating basis, with the head of the hosting agency acting as co-chair until the next meeting. The Committee may also meet on an ad hoc or urgent basis by teleconference or videoconference.

The Committee also administers the National Prosecution Awards and its annual ceremony.

Recent Issues

The Committee has recently been looking at issues such as:

Depending on the topic, outside partners can be invited. For example, the Director of the RCMP National Forensic Laboratory was invited to discuss drug-impaired driving and forensic testing in cases involving firearms. This year, the Committee met with the American Executive Committee of the National District Attorneys Association to discuss issues of common interest such as workload issues and prosecutor retention as well as opioids and the abuse of prescription drugs.

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