B.C.'s Prosecution Service

As an integral part of the Ministry of Attorney General, the BC Prosecution Service will deliver on its core responsibilities in a manner that safeguards prosecutorial independence, and supports an effective justice system through communication, collaborative effort, and innovation.

The BC Prosecution Service's core responsibilities include:

  • Approving and conducting criminal and regulatory prosecutions
  • Initiating and responding to appeals
  • Providing criminal law advice to government
  • Developing policies and procedures on the administration of criminal justice
  • Liaising with the media and the public on prosecution matters
  • Any other function or responsibility assigned to the BC Prosecution Service by the Attorney General

The Criminal Justice Process

Prosecution files are managed as one part of the overall criminal justice system:

A graphic representing British Columbia's criminal justice system processes.

Independence of Crown Counsel

As mandated under the Crown Counsel Act, Crown counsel make their prosecutorial decisions independent of any outside influence.

Media Statements

July 14, 2017

BC Prosecution Service releases Clear Statement following IIO investigation into motor vehicle fatality (PDF)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service previously announced that no charges have been approved against a Westshore RCMP officer who attempted to stop a motor vehicle for a Motor Vehicle Act infraction in the early morning hours of April 5, 2016 in Langford BC. In order to maintain confidence in the integrity of the criminal justice system, a Clear Statement is released to explain the reasons for not approving charges in cases where the IIO has investigated the conduct of a police officer.

July 11, 2017

No Charges Approved following IIO Investigation into Motor Vehicle Fatality (PDF)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service announced that no charges have been approved against a Westshore RCMP officer who attempted to stop a motor vehicle for a Motor Vehicle Act infraction in the early morning hours of April 5, 2016 in Langford BC. Within seconds of the officer’s attempt to stop the pickup truck driven by Kenneth Jacob Fenton, the pickup truck collided with a marked RCMP police vehicle driven by Cst. Sarah Beckett at the intersection of Peatt Road and Goldstream Avenue in Langford, BC. Cst. Beckett died of injuries sustained in the collision.

July 7, 2017

Charges Approved Against Nanaimo RCMP (PDF)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that a charge has been approved against RCMP Cst. David Buchanan arising out of a motor vehicle incident in Duncan on February 20, 2016. The case was investigated by the Independent Investigation Office (IIO), which subsequently submitted a Report to Crown Counsel.

June 27, 2017

Special Prosecutor Approves Two Charges of Uttering Threats to Okanagan MLAs (PDF)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service announced that Special Prosecutor Kris Pechet has approved charges of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm against Pavla Janeckova of Kelowna. The threatened persons are Premier Christy Clark and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Steve Thomson.

June 21, 2017

New Special Prosecutor Appointed in case Against Former Deputy Sheriff (PDF)
Victoria – On September 13, 2016, the BC Prosecution Service announced that Special Prosecutor Michael Tammen, QC had approved four charges against former Kamloops Deputy Sheriff Kevin Johnston. The charges include three counts of communicating with a person believed to be underage for the purpose of facilitating a sexual offence. An additional charge of invitation to sexual touching was recently stayed by the Special Prosecutor. On June 14, 2017 the Prosecution Service was advised that Mr. Tammen had been appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia effective immediately. As a consequence of this appointment the Prosecution Service has appointed a new Special Prosecutor to replace Mr. Tammen – Mr. Brock Martland.

June 16, 2017

Crown Files Appeal of Sentences in Animal Abuse Case (PDF)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service announced that it has filed an appeal with the British Columbia Supreme Court asking that the court increase the sentences assessed in R. v. Keefer, Vandyk and Visser 2017 BCPC 142. The appeal has been filed under Supreme Court number 63894-4. The case involved charges under the British Columbia Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCAA) and the Wildlife Act (WA) against employees and the directors of a dairy operation owned by Chilliwack Cattle Sales Ltd.

May 24, 2017

Additional Charges for Former Vancouver Police Constable (PDF)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service, Ministry of Justice announced today that additional criminal charges have been approved against former Vancouver Police Detective Constable James Albert Stanley Fisher.

April 10, 2017

No Charges Approved following arrest by Smithers RCMP Officers (PDF)
Victoria – The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice, announced that no charges have been approved against two members of the Smithers RCMP involved in an arrest of an individual on August 14, 2015.  

April 10, 2017

Appointment of Special Prosecutor (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice, announced that on April 5, 2016, the Assistant Deputy Attorney General Peter Juk QC appointed a Special Prosecutor in relation to allegations of sexual offences which allegedly occurred between March 24, 2017 and April 3, 2017 in Surrey.

March 31, 2017

Appointment of Special Prosecutor (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice, announced that on December 16, 2016, the Assistant Deputy Attorney General Peter Juk QC appointed a Special Prosecutor in relation to matters involving the Nanaimo City Council.

March 30, 2017

Appointment of Special Prosecutor (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice, announced that David Butcher QC has been appointed as a Special Prosecutor to provide legal advice to the RCMP in relation to an investigation being conducted into indirect political contributions and other potential contraventions of the BC Election Act.