Message from the Director of Public Prosecutions

I am pleased to present the Annual Report 2008-2009 of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.

Since its creation in December 2006 as an independent organization, the PPSC has performed its legislated criminal justice role in all aspects related to federal prosecutions. Throughout this period, our prosecutors have represented the Crown with dedication and professionalism.

Reflecting the ongoing focus placed by investigative agencies on combating organized criminal activity, the PPSC prosecuted a large number of cases related to organized crime. The PPSC also devoted significant resources to the prosecution of terrorism-related activity. While organized crime and terrorism cases represent a small percentage of the PPSC’s caseload, they pose particular challenges because of their complexity and the resources that must be dedicated to them.

On the administrative side, during the past year the PPSC conducted an organizational review and completed the development of its organizational structure. Last year also saw the signing, on March 23, 2009, of a Memorandum of Understanding between the PPSC and the Department of Justice Canada covering the provision of a broad range of administrative and technical services.

The operational nature of our mandate is reflected in the corporate priorities adopted for 2009-2010. The PPSC Executive Council has adopted four priorities that will guide our corporate services in the performance of their role. These priorities are:

As always, I would like to thank all PPSC staff in offices across Canada for their contribution to our success. By their hard work and dedication, they demonstrate every day their commitment to improving the quality of life of all Canadians.

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Brian Saunders

Director of Public Prosecutions

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