OTTAWA, Aug. 16, 2017 /CNW/ - The Director of Public Prosecutions, Kathleen Roussel, today announced the tabling in Parliament of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada Annual Report 2016-2017. The report covers the period from April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017.
The 2016-2017 year was a significant milestone for the PPSC, as it celebrated its 10th anniversary in December 2016, marking a decade of prosecutorial excellence.
In 2016-2017, the PPSC worked on 70,028 files. This includes 38,863 files opened during the year and 31,165 carried over from previous years. While drug prosecutions continue to represent a significant proportion of its total caseload, the PPSC also conducted notable prosecutions in a number of areas including environmental, economic, immigration, and terrorism offences.
The report includes a section provided by Commissioner of Canada Elections (CCE), Yves Côté, on the operations of the CCE for the 2016-2017 period.
"The PPSC's employees are at the heart of all that we do as an organization," said Ms. Roussel. "Throughout the year, their commitment to our key values of respect, integrity, excellence, and leadership have made our success possible. I would like to thank them for all their efforts."
The PPSC is responsible for prosecuting offences under federal jurisdiction and provides prosecution-related advice to investigative and law enforcement agencies. As of March 31, 2017, the organization had 1,082 employees, 523 of whom were lawyers. The PPSC also retained the services of 417 standing agents from private-sector law firms.
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SOURCE Public Prosecution Service Canada
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