News release

New Chief Crown Attorney of Western Region Appointed

Ingrid Brodie has been appointed chief Crown attorney of the western region of Nova Scotia, effective Jan. 31, announced Martin Herschorn, director of Public Prosecutions.

"I am delighted to have a Crown attorney of Ms. Brodie's calibre leading our western region team," said Mr. Herschorn.

There are more than a dozen Crown attorneys and their support staff in regional offices throughout the Annapolis Valley, Southwestern Nova Scotia and along the South Shore.

A long-time resident of the Annapolis Valley, Ms. Brodie holds a bachelor of Law and a master's in Public Administration (Management), both from Dalhousie University. She is a 19-year veteran of criminal law, as a Crown attorney and a defence lawyer.

As defence counsel, Ms. Brodie practiced primarily criminal and family law with Nova Scotia Legal Aid. After being appointed a Crown attorney in 1994, she conducted criminal prosecutions at all levels of trial court from Provincial Court to Supreme Court for Criminal Code and provincial statute offences. Ms. Brodie has also conducted multiple conviction and sentence appeals in Supreme Court and offered consultative opinion and information to the Public Prosecution Service on appeals to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.

Ms. Brodie was seconded to the Department of Justice from 2002 to 2006 as acting Director of Public Safety Initiatives, Policing and Victim Services, where she managed program development and policies for terrorism, policing, organized crime and public safety.

She was heavily involved in developing several key pieces of legislation, including the Safer Communities and Neighborhoods Act and had input into the creation and operation of the Sex Offender Registry. She was also the Department of Justice lead in the development and implementation of the Nova Scotia Amber Alert Program.

Ms. Brodie co-chaired the Public Safety Anti-Terrorism Senior Officials Committee and participated in a study of security and emergency management in Nova Scotia. She has also chaired or participated in a number of criminal law policy and internal operational committees.

Ms. Brodie has presented on a variety of legal and policy issues to a wide range of audiences.

She replaces Craig Harding who is retiring in January.

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Ingrid Brodie of Kentville has been appointed chief Crown attorney of Nova Scotia's western region, effective January 31st, 2010.

Director of the Public Prosecution Service Martin Herschorn says he is very pleased that a lawyer of Ms. Brodie's calibre will be providing leadership to the western region prosecution team.

A long-time resident of the Annapolis Valley, Ms. Brodie is a 19-year veteran in the practice of criminal law, having been both a Crown attorney and a defence lawyer.

Ms. Brodie joined the Public Prosecution Service in 1994. During a four-year secondment to the Department of Justice, she was acting director of Public Safety Initiatives, Policing and Victim Services.

Ms. Brodie replaces Craig Harding, who is retiring in January.

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Media Contact:

Chris Hansen
Public Prosecution Service 902-424-2225 Cell: 430-5529 E-mail:

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