Profile of an Agent

The selection of agents as federal prosecutors is based on the premise that the PPSC is entitled to the highest quality of legal services and advice consistent with the reasonable demands of economy, efficiency, and effectiveness. Competence, integrity, professionalism, and trust remain the primary considerations in the retention of agents.

Canadian courts expect a great deal from prosecutors, who are subject to ethical, procedural, and constitutional obligations. Traditionally, their role has been regarded as that of “a representative of justice” rather than that of “a partisan advocate.” Their functions are imbued with a public trust. All prosecutors are expected to discharge their duties with fairness, objectivity, and integrity. Their role is not to win convictions at any cost but to put before the court all available, relevant, and admissible evidence necessary to enable the court to determine the guilt or innocence of the accused.

Agents must be fiscally responsible, follow PPSC’s fixed file handling practices, and comply fully with administrative provisions, billing guidelines, and fee and disbursement policies.

The PPSC requires private sector lawyers and firms retained as Agents to:

Agents are remunerated according to a fee tariff which is based on years of experience at the Bar. The current fixed three-tier tariff ranges from $97 to $136 per hour. Articling Students, students, paralegals, and iCase Administrator approved by the PPSC are paid at an hourly rate of $51.

An enhanced fee rate may be granted in situations where the complexity and duration of the case or other exceptional circumstances warrant a higher rate.

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