ATTORNEY GENERAL TABLES PPSC ANNUAL REPORT

OTTAWA – August 19, 2009 – 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 2008-2009 of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.

The report covers the period of April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009 and was delivered to the Attorney General by Brian Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions, who was confirmed in his position on May 28, 2009.

During 2008-2009 the PPSC prosecuted a number of major, high-impact cases on behalf of the Crown,Mr. Nicholson said. “The PPSC’s efforts to prosecute cases in areas such as national security, organized crime and drugs, as well as war crimes and crimes against humanity demonstrate the critical role it plays in Canada’s criminal justice system.

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 2008-2009, the PPSC handled more than 74,600 cases.

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.

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Further information:

Pamela Stephens
Attorney General's Office
613-991-2641

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

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