ATTORNEY GENERAL TABLES PPSC ANNUAL REPORT

OTTAWA, Ontario – August 18th, 2010 –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 2009-2010 of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.

Mr. Brian Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions, presented the report to the Attorney General. The report covers the period of April 1st, 2009 to March 31st, 2010

2009-2010 was a very busy year for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada with a caseload numbering over 76,000 files,Mr. Nicholson said. “While drug prosecution files continue to represent a large portion of the cases being handled on behalf of the Crown, the year was marked by the conclusion of several major cases, including terrorism and war crimes prosecutions.

I am proud of the hard work and effort put forth by PPSC staff across Canada. Their dedication is reflective of the mission and values statement adopted this past year by the PPSC which emphasizes the importance of helping to keep our country safe by working within our criminal justice system all the while carrying out our mandate with respect, integrity and professionalism.

The PPSC employs 920 staff across Canada in 16 offices with the majority in prosecutorial roles. The PPSC is responsible for prosecuting offences under more than 50 federal statutes and for providing prosecution-related legal advice to law enforcement agencies.

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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