News release

New Chief Crown Attorney for Special Initiatives

Andrew Macdonald, the longest serving Chief Crown attorney at the Public Prosecution Service, is taking on the new role of Chief Crown attorney, Special Initiatives. Mr. Macdonald most recently held the position of Chief Crown attorney, Special Prosecutions.

“I am very pleased that such a distinguished prosecutor will be providing leadership for a series of initiatives critical to the Public Prosecution Service,” said Martin Herschorn, director of Public Prosecutions. “I know Mr. Macdonald’s experience and insight will help propel the Public Prosecution Service forward in several areas, including technology and best business practices.”

Most significantly, Mr. Macdonald will provide leadership on the development and rollout of case management technology.

“In a prosecution service handling about 50,000 new criminal and regulatory offences annually, case management is essential,” said Mr. Herschorn.

The case management system will:

  • provide consistent indicators of performance
  • capture data accurately
  • enable proper resource allocation
  • facilitate planning
  • streamline and standardize work processes
  • eliminate duplication and provide a complete picture of a file and offender

Mr. Macdonald, a 1988 graduate of Dalhousie Law School, joined the Public Prosecution Service in 1993 after several years in private practice. In 2008 he was appointed Chief Crown Attorney of the Special Prosecutions section which handles complex and specialized prosecutions such as major frauds, internet child exploitation, and significant regulatory offences including workplace injuries and fatalities. Under Mr. Macdonald’s leadership, the section has doubled in size.

Mr. Macdonald is chair of the electronic disclosure committee which oversaw the implementation of e-disclosure across the province and was a member of the committee which developed and implemented the Prosecution Information Composite System, an internal prosecutions database.

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Andrew Macdonald, the longest serving Chief Crown attorney at the Public Prosecution Service, is leaving his current post in Special Prosecutions to take on the new role of Chief Crown attorney, Special Initiatives.

Martin Herschorn, director of Public Prosecutions, says Mr. Macdonald is a distinguished prosecutor who will provide leadership for a series of initiatives critical to the Prosecution Service in the areas of technology and best business practices.

Among other projects, Mr. Macdonald will head up the development and rollout of case management technology.

Mr. Macdonald joined the Public Prosecution Service in 1993. In 2008 he was appointed Chief Crown Attorney of the Special Prosecutions section.

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