Paul Carver has been appointed chief Crown attorney of the Halifax region of Nova Scotia, effective June 2.
“I am very pleased to have a Crown attorney of Mr. Carver’s calibre heading the Halifax region,” said Martin Herschorn, director of Public Prosecutions.
“His experience and ability make him well suited for this key management role.”
Mr. Carver will lead a team of 30 Crown attorneys and more than 20 support staff in Halifax and Dartmouth.
A native of Halifax, Mr. Carver holds a combined honours bachelor of arts degree in history and political science from Dalhousie University. He graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1992.
Mr. Carver began his law career as an articled clerk to Craig Garson, at Scaravelli and Garson in Halifax. In 1995, he joined the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service where he has prosecuted thousands of Criminal Code charges ranging from theft to murder. In 2007, Mr. Carver joined the Public Prosecution Service of Canada where he prosecuted offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. He returned to the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service in 2009.
Mr. Carver is an expert on dangerous offender applications, has been published on the topic, and has given many presentations to the public, police officers and other justice system participants. Mr. Carver is also the service’s provincial co-ordinator for the National High Risk Offender Flagging Program.
Mr. Carver replaces Denise Smith, who has been appointed deputy director of public prosecutions.