18. The Director issues instructions with respect to criminal and penal prosecutions for the benefit of the prosecutors under the Director’s authority. The instructions must incorporate the policies and measures established by the Minister of Justice, and the Director ensures that they are accessible to the public.
These instructions apply, with the necessary modifications determined after taking into account the opinion of designated prosecutors, including municipalities, to any attorney acting for the prosecution in criminal or penal proceedings, including before municipal courts. The Director publishes a notice in the Gazette officielle du Québec indicating the date as of which an instruction applies to one or more designated prosecutors. Subsequently, if the Director must intervene in criminal or penal proceedings because the instructions were not complied with, the prosecutor concerned must assume the costs.
The Director supervises proceedings instituted by private prosecutors and, if the interests of justice so require, acts as advisor, intervenes, conducts the proceedings or terminates them.