B.C.'s Prosecution Service

As an integral part of the Ministry of Justice, the Criminal Justice Branch 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 Branch’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 Branch 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

March 20, 2017

Motor Vehicle Act Charge Approved Following IIO Investigation
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch (CJB), Ministry of Justice, 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 which occurred in Coquitlam on March 21, 2016. The incident involved a collision between a vehicle operated by an off-duty member of the Professional Standards Unit of the RCMP, Sgt. Christopher Lee, and an adult female pedestrian.

February 15, 2017

Special Prosecutor Files Appeal of Acquittal in Bountiful-Related Case
Victoria – The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice announced that Special Prosecutor Peter Wilson, QC has filed an appeal with the Court of Appeal for British Columbia, asking that the Court set aside the acquittal of James Marion Oler on charges under section 273.3 of the Criminal Code alleging the unlawful removal of a child from Canada.

February 9, 2017

No Charges Approved in Vancouver Police Shooting
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch (CJB), Ministry of Justice, announced that no charges have been approved against two members of the Vancouver Police Department involved in a shooting incident that occurred on November 22, 2014.

January 30, 2017 

No Charges Approved for Mental Health Apprehension by Nanaimo RCMP Officers
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch (CJB), Ministry of Justice, announced that no charges have been approved against two members of the Nanaimo RCMP involved in an apprehension under the Mental Health Act on November 3, 2015.

December 29, 2016

Charges Approved Against Vancouver Police Officer
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch (CJB), Ministry of Justice, announced that criminal charges have been approved against Vancouver Police Detective Constable James Albert Stanley Fisher.

December 16, 2016

CJB Launches Twitter Account
Victoria – The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice is pleased to announce the launch of their new twitter account.

December 6, 2016

No Charges Approved in RCMP Investigation re: Paige Gauchier
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice announced that no charges have been approved against the Delta Police Service officers and paramedics who dealt with Paige Gauchier on January 22, 2011 and did not report the incident to the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).

November 18, 2016

No charges for Surrey RCMP officers involved in arrest
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice, announced that no charges have been approved against three members of the Surrey RCMP involved in an arrest on February 28, 2015.

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