Public Prosecution Service of Canada

Public Prosecution Service of Canada

July 21, 2016 09:32 ET

PPSC Annual Report Tabled in Parliament

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 21, 2016) - The Director of Public Prosecutions, Brian Saunders, today announced the tabling in Parliament of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada Annual Report 2015-2016. The report covers the period from April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016.

In 2015-2016, the PPSC worked on 72,538 files. This includes 41,661 files opened during the year and 30,877 carried over from previous years. While drug prosecutions continue to represent a significant proportion of its total caseload, the PPSC also conducted 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 2015-2016 period.

"The report highlights the significant work undertaken by PPSC employees, in various capacities and across all PPSC offices," said Mr. Saunders. "I would like to thank all PPSC employees for their hard work and dedication throughout the year, which enable the organization to consistently deliver on its mandate. Throughout the year, PPSC employees exemplified our key values of respect, integrity, excellence, and leadership."

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, 2016, the organization had 1,053 employees, 536 of whom were lawyers. The PPSC also retained the services of 409 standing agents from 186 private-sector law firms.

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