Attorney General Tables PPSC Annual Report

OTTAWA, Ontario – July 16, 2008 – The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the tabling of the Annual Report 2007-2008 of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.

The report covers the period of April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008. The PPSC was created in December 2006, with the coming into force of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act, Part 3 of the Federal Accountability Act.

The PPSC plays an important role in Canada's criminal justice system, conducting prosecutions on behalf of the federal Crown in courtrooms across Canada,Mr. Nicholson said. “The PPSC conducts its work independently, free of improper influence, in a transparent and accountable manner.

The PPSC is responsible for prosecuting offences under more than 50 federal statutes and for providing prosecution-related legal advice to law enforcement agencies. In 2007-2008, the PPSC handled more than 66,800 cases, about 75 per cent of which were related to drug prosecutions. The PPSC also prosecutes cases related to organized crime, national security, war crimes and crimes against humanity, proceeds of crime and offence-related property, regulatory and economic crime as well as prosecutions in Canada's north.

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Further information:

Darren Eke
Attorney General's Office
613-991-2641

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

Media Relations
613-954-7803

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