Crown Prosecutors' Manual

August 15, 2015

A Code of Conduct for Crown Prosecutors and a series of guidelines and practice memoranda has been created. Collectively referred to as the Crown Prosecutors' Manual, these documents constitute the Attorney General's instructions to all Crown prosecutors, and are designed to guide Crown prosecutors as they make discretionary decisions in respect of specific prosecutions.

The Code of Conduct for Crown Prosecutors is integral to the Crown Prosecutors' Manual and merits specific mention. This document describes concepts and principles that are at the very core of the considerable public duties and responsibilities of all Crown prosecutors. As such, these concepts and principles form the foundation of the more specific policy documents that guide Crown prosecutors in fulfilling these duties and responsibilities.

The Crown Prosecutors' Manual does not have the status of law. It does not in any way override the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms or any governing legislation, and it is not intended to provide legal advice to members of the public or to create any rights enforceable at law in any legal proceeding.

The Crown Prosecutors' Manual replaces the Agents' Manual. Updates to the Crown Prosectuors' Manual will be posted on this site as they are available.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

Part II: Professionalism, Independence, and the Excercise of Discretion

Guidelines

Practice Memorandum

Part III: Pre-Trial Issues

Guidelines

Practice Memorandum

Part IV: Disclosure and the Release of Information

Guidelines

Practice Memorandum

PART V: Victims

Guidelines

Part VI: Trial Issues and Post-Trial Issues

Practice Memorandum

Part VII: Appeals

Guidelines

Practice Memorandum

Part VIII: Evidentiary Issues

Guidelines

Practice Memorandum

PART IX: Certain Types of Prosecutions and Litigation

Guidelines

Practice Memorandum

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Footnotes:

(1) This document is being updated.