PPSC to Introduce Fixed Term Agreements for Standing Agents

OTTAWA – April 16, 2009 – Beginning in June 2009, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada will offer five-year, fixed-term agreements to private-sector lawyers who act as standing Crown agents. Agents were previously appointed to indeterminate terms.

This new initiative is aimed at enhancing the transparency of the process,” said Brian Saunders, Acting Director of Public Prosecutions. “It will increase opportunities for lawyers to become standing agents, strengthen the assessment process, and ensure candidates are treated more equitably in that process.

Standing agents are appointed independently, according to delegations outlined in the Director of Public Prosecutions Act. The fixed-term agreements will be implemented gradually across Canada for all agents who conduct prosecutions on behalf of the federal Crown.

The PPSC process will continue to be competitive and based on merit. Lawyers looking for federal prosecution work will need to successfully complete a competitive process, whether they currently serve as agents or not.

A standardized screening process similar to that used to hire in-house counsel will be applied. Those who wish to serve a further five-year term will need to re-apply.

Notices of Opportunity for the new fixed-term agreements will be posted in judicial districts throughout Canada, inviting interested lawyers and law firms to apply to become agents.

Interested lawyers and law firms should consult the PPSC website at www.ppsc-sppc.gc.ca.

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Further information:

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

Media Relations
613-954-7803

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