Dalhousie Law Journal


Marshall, Nova Scotia, Canada, reform, evaluation, Director of Public Prosecution, Public Prosecution Service


The author describes the reforms to the prosecution system in Nova Scotia which were recommended by the Marshall Inquiry in its 1989 report, and reviews the extent to which they have been effectively implemented during the ensuing decade. He concludes that many of the objectives originally identified by the Marshall Inquiry in this respect have been substantially met, but that in some areas there is still room for improvement. Finally, he notes the absence of systematic evaluations of prosecutorial institutions and practices in Canadian jurisdictions, and that because of this, it is difficult to say whether the Marshall Inquiry's objectives might have been equally or more effectively met with less radical (and probably less expensive) reforms.

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