BC 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

September 14, 2017

No Crown Appeal of Schoenborn High-Risk Accused Ruling (PDF)
The BC Prosecution Service announced that it will not file an appeal from the decision of the BC Supreme Court dismissing the Crown’s application to have Allan Dwayne Schoenborn designated a high-risk accused pursuant to the Criminal Code section 672.64.

August 30, 2017

Special Prosecutor Approves Charge (PDF)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that Special Prosecutor Brock Martland has approved one charge of sexual interference of a person under the age of 16 years against Roger William, elected Chief of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation. The offence is alleged to have occurred on or about May 12, 2017, in Williams Lake.

August 1, 2017

Motor Vehicle Act Charge approved after IIO Investigation (PDF)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service announced that a charge of driving without due care and attention has been approved against a member of the RCMP in connection with an incident that occurred on Highway 6 near Vernon on the morning of August 6, 2016. The incident involved a collision between an RCMP truck driven by an on-duty member of the Lumby detachment of the RCMP, Cst. Megan Valenta, and a motorcycle.

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.