Published Monday, 18 June 2012
Sir Alasdair Fraser held the position for 21 years. (© Public Prosecution Service)
Sir Alasdair passed away over the weekend after a long battle with illness.
He was appointed as the DPP for Northern Ireland in April 1989 and retired in September 2010 after 21 years in post.
Born in Glasgow in 1946, he moved with his family to Northern Ireland in 1950.
Leading tributes, the Director and Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Barra McGrory QC and Pamela Atchison, said:
"Sir Alasdair was a strongly committed and dedicated public servant who over 21 years lead the Department of the Director of Public Prosecutions with courage and integrity through often difficult and challenging circumstances and from 2005 was instrumental in overseeing the establishment and rollout of the Public Prosecution Service.
"His legacy will be his significant contribution to the rule of law and building the foundations of a first class prosecution service for the benefit of everyone in Northern Ireland."
"We know we echo the views of all in the Public Prosecution Service, past and present, his many colleagues and friends in the field of criminal justice in this jurisdiction and further afield, and his friends and colleagues, past and present, in the International Association of Prosecutors, in paying tribute to Sir Alasdair for his long and distinguished public service for which he rightly earned deep and lasting respect."
Meanwhile Justice Minister David Ford said the contribution Sir Alasdair made to the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland "cannot be underestimated".
"Sir Alasdair was committed to ensuring that the prosecution service responds to the concerns of society, whilst always being independent, fair and effective," Mr Ford said.
"I have no doubt that his legacy of 40 years' dedicated service will ensure that this ethos remains central to the PPS.
"I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to Sir Alasdair's wife, Margaret, and family. Their loss is felt across the criminal justice system and beyond."