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Alberta: Prioritizing high-quality prosecution services

Alberta’s government has approved market adjustments for Alberta’s Crown prosecutors as part of prioritizing high-quality prosecutions. Alberta’s Crown prosecutors will receive market adjustments to make their pay competitive with other provinces and the federal prosecution service. Now, Alberta will be able to attract new prosecutors and keep experienced prosecutors, which is critical to an effective criminal justice system.

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Publication date : 2022-05-02
Statement by the Commonwealth Lawyers Association on the attack on Ukraine
Statement by the Commonwealth Lawyers Association on the attack on Ukraine

The CLA condemns the brutal, unjustified and unlawful invasion of Ukraine by the Russian State. International Law is clear. The brutal and unprovoked attack on the Ukraine breaches fundamental principles of international law. The loss of life and damage to property and infrastructure are appalling and a humanitarian outrage. 

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Publication date : 2022-03-03
IAP Statement Regarding the Events in Ukraine and the Russian Federation

The International Association of Prosecutors joins the international community in condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ordered by the President of the Russian Federation. This act violates both Ukraine’s sovereignty and international law. A state is prohibited from the use or threat of force against another state unless acting in self-defence or acting pursuant to a United Nations Security Council resolution. Neither of these two exceptions is applicable to Russia’s actions against Ukraine.

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Publication date : 2022-03-01
B.C. risks losing top Crown prosecutors if it scraps existing salary structure, association warns
B.C. risks losing top Crown prosecutors if it scraps existing salary structure, association warns

The association representing Crown lawyers in B.C. says the province will be at risk of losing its most experienced prosecutors if it doesn't agree to keep their old salary structure intact. The warning from the B.C. Crown Counsel Association comes after a contract dispute between the lawyers and the province hit the two-year mark without a solution.

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Publication date : 2022-02-10
N.S. court backlog worsening due to COVID and the ‘Jordan ticker’
N.S. court backlog worsening due to COVID and the ‘Jordan ticker’

Every day, Crown attorneys in Nova Scotia walk into work with the "Jordan ticker" on their mind, as they sift through cases — from homicide to sexual assault — and try to determine which are at risk of being dropped. The number is alarmingly high, with 1,046 pending cases currently over the so-called Jordan threshold in provincial court — a 187 per cent increase from 364 cases in 2020.

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Publication date : 2021-10-28
Another victory for state lawyers in the Court of Appeal
Another victory for state lawyers in the Court of Appeal

The union of lawyers and notaries of the State has just won another victory, while the Court of Appeal upheld the judgment of the Superior Court which had invalidated the special law forcing their return to work, at the end of a long strike in 2017. Les avocats et notaires de l'État québécois (LANEQ) had walked out for four months, in 2016 and 2017, as part of a difficult negotiation to renew their collective agreement with the Quebec government.

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Publication date : 2021-04-08

Rick Woodburn

President, Canadian Association of Crown Counsel

 

Rick is a Senior Crown Attorney currently practicing as a front line prosecutor with the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service. He began his prosecuting career right out of law school for the Halifax Regional Municipality, and shortly thereafter, he moved to the Public Prosecution Service.

 

As a member of the Nova Scotia Crown Attorneys’ Association (NSCAA), Rick became Vice President in 2002 and became President shortly thereafter. He remained President until 2013, and continued to lead the NSCAA Bargaining Committee to the completion of its first Employment Agreement in 2014.


Further to his role in the NSCAA, Rick has been involved in the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel for the past 10 years. He has had the pleasure of serving as Vice President for two years, before becoming President in 2012.


Rick holds a B.A. and a Master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University and an LL.B. from Dalhousie University Law School.