News release

Regional Crown Attorney Appointments

Veteran Nova Scotia prosecutors Denise Smith and Robert Fetterly have been appointed regional administrative Crown attorneys by the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service to help manage its Halifax and Dartmouth offices.

Both will report to Frank Hoskins, chief Crown attorney for the Halifax region. These newly created positions replace a second chief Crown attorney position and are the last step in a two-year plan to restructure and expand the management of the Prosecution Service in the Halifax region.

Ms. Smith, a native of Halifax, is a 1989 graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ont. After articling with a private law firm, she joined the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service in 1991. In 1996, she was appointed senior Crown attorney. In 2003 she was appointed senior Crown counsel and acting chief Crown attorney for Halifax. Ms. Smith will help manage the Halifax office's 17 Crown attorneys and 14 support staff.

Mr. Fetterly, a native of Oromocto, N.B., is a 1983 graduate of the University of Victoria Law School, in Victoria, B.C. In 2002, he received a master in of public administration from Dalhousie University. Before joining the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service in 1989, he was in private practice in British Columbia and later in Nova Scotia. He was appointed senior Crown attorney in 1995 and in 2002 he was appointed senior Crown counsel. In 2003 he was appointed acting chief Crown attorney for Dartmouth and then Queen's counsel. Since 1978, Mr. Fetterly has also been in the naval reserve. He is currently a lieutenant-commander and a reserve military prosecutor in the Judge Advocate General reserve. He will help manage the Dartmouth office of 13 Crown attorneys and eight support staff.

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Veteran Nova Scotia prosecutors Denise Smith and Robert Fetterly, have been appointed regional administrative Crown attorneys for the Public Prosecution Service. The two will report to chief Crown attorney Frank Hoskins and will help manage the Halifax and Dartmouth offices.

With the Prosecution Service since 1991, Ms. Smith was appointed acting chief Crown attorney in Halifax last year. She will help manage the Halifax office of 31 staff, including 17 Crown attorneys.

Mr. Fetterly has been with the Prosecution Service since 1989 and was appointed acting chief Crown attorney in Dartmouth last year. He will help manage the Dartmouth office of 21 staff, including 13 Crown attorneys.

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Contact:

Chris Hansen
Public Prosecution Service 902-424-2225 E-mail: