PPSC Completes Review of Northern Autopsy Files

OTTAWA, Ontario – May 16, 2008 – The Public Prosecution Service of Canada's search of homicide prosecution files from the North which could have involved pathologist Dr. Charles Smith has been completed. None of the autopsy-related files under review were found to have resulted in charges or convictions involving Dr. Smith.

In the spring of 2007, the PPSC announced it would undertake a review of northern case files going back 27 years, in light of concerns raised about autopsies involving Dr. Smith over that period of time. The result of the file review is being announced now that the public inquiry into the oversight of Ontario's pediatric forensic pathology system has concluded its hearings.

The PPSC is the organization responsible for Criminal Code prosecutions in the territories. The review initiated last spring was conducted with the assistance of the territorial Coroner's offices.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada was created in December 2006 to prosecute criminal and regulatory offences under federal jurisdiction. The PPSC reports to Parliament through the Attorney General of Canada.

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Information:

Dan Brien
PPSC Communications
613-946-3821
dbrien@ppsc-sppc.gc.ca

Media Relations
613-954-7803

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