Public Prosecution Service of Canada

Public Prosecution Service of Canada

October 22, 2009 15:24 ET

Public Prosecution Service of Canada: National Prosecution Awards for Top Prosecutors

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2009) - The Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Heads of Prosecutions Committee has recognized the outstanding accomplishments of three prosecutors, who were honoured at a ceremony held September 16, 2009. The award program, instituted in 2006, honours professional excellence, exemplary service and outstanding achievements.

The following prosecutors were recognized for their contributions to advancing and promoting prosecutions within the Canadian criminal justice system:

- Mr. David O'Brien, Q.C., Senior Crown Counsel with the Crown Attorney's Office in Prince Edward Island, was awarded the 2009 Humanitarian Award, which recognizes professional excellence and exemplary service, both in the workplace and the community. In addition to excellence as a prosecutor and legal educator, Mr. O'Brien's varied volunteer work sets him apart as someone singularly dedicated to community service.

- Mr. Robert H. Wright, Q.C., Executive Director, Criminal Appeals and Special Prosecutions with the Ministry of the Attorney General of British Columbia, was awarded the 2009 Commitment to Justice Award. Throughout Mr. Wright's distinguished career as a prosecutor, he prosecuted serious and high-profile cases including the Air India matter while serving as a legal educator and mentor to young prosecutors.

- Ms. Trudy Caisse, formerly Crown Counsel with the Criminal Justice Division of the Alberta Department of Justice, was awarded posthumously the Courage and Perseverance Award 2009. She prosecuted many difficult and high-profile matters including several murder cases, while also acting as an articling principal and mentor to several students and young lawyers over the course of her career, including after 2007, when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Ms. Caisse continued to handle her files and offer assistance to other prosecutors, despite chemotherapy and radiation sessions, until December, 2008, when she passed away.

The awards were handed out by Mr. Dennis Cooley, Deputy Attorney General of Yukon Territory.

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