Criminal Justice Branch Media Statements for 2015

December 22, 2015

No Charges Approved in IIO Investigation of Arrest in Port Moody (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch (CJB), Ministry of Justice, announced that no charges have been approved against members of the Vancouver Police Department involved in the arrest of a robbery suspect in Port Moody on September 16, 2014.

November 25, 2015

Appointment of Special Prosecutor (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch (CJB), Ministry of Justice, announced that Mark R. Jetté has been appointed as a Special Prosecutor to provide legal advice to the R.C.M.P. in relation to an investigation arising out of Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham's recent report to government.

November 25, 2015

No Charges Approved in Yaletown/Science World Shooting Incident (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch (CJB), Ministry of Justice, announced that no charges have been approved against any police officers involved in an incident in Vancouver on June 10, 2014 in which a suspect was shot during an exchange of gunfire with members of the Vancouver Police Department.

November 23, 2015

No Charges Approved in Chilliwack Case Involving Fall (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch (CJB), Ministry of Justice, announced that no charges have been approved against any police officers involved in an incident in Chilliwack on August 5, 2014 in which an individual suffered injuries when he tumbled down a steep embankment.

November 19, 2015

Special Prosecutor Withdraws from Case (PDF)
Victoria - On November 19, 2015, the Criminal Justice Branch (CJB), Ministry of Justice, announced that Greg DelBigio, QC was appointed as a Special Prosecutor to provide legal advice to the R.C.M.P.… out of an abundance of caution and in recognition of the importance of safeguarding the perceived and actual integrity of the investigation and prosecution process, Mr. DelBigio has decided to withdraw from his appointment as Special Prosecutor.

November 19, 2015

Appointment of Special Prosecutor (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch (CJB), Ministry of Justice, announced that Greg DelBigio, QC, has been appointed as a Special Prosecutor to provide legal advice to the R.C.M.P. in relation to an investigation arising out of Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham's recent report to government.

November 18, 2015

No Charge Approved in IIO Investigation of Fatal Accident in Abbotsford (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch (CJB), Ministry of Justice, announced that no charge has been approved in relation to a fatal motor vehicle accident involving an off-duty member of the Abbotsford Police Department on December 26, 2014.

October 21, 2015

Crown Files Appeal of Constitutional Ruling and Sentencing Decision (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice, announced that it has filed an appeal with the Court of Appeal for British Columbia, asking that the Court set aside a constitutional ruling in R. v. Oud, 2015 BCSC 1040 and 2015 BCSC 1754.The Branch has further asked that the sentence imposed be increased. The appeal has been filed under Court of Appeal number CA 43170 (Vancouver).

October 21, 2015

No Charge Approved in Coquitlam Arrest Involving Police Service Dog (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice, announced that no charge has been approved against a member of the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Section in relation to the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a male suspect in Coquitlam in September 2014.

October 5, 2015

Criminal Justice Branch Releases Public Education Materials: 2014/15 Annual Report and New Information Sheets (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch of the Ministry of Justice released its 2014/15 Annual Report. The Annual Report provides the public with information on the role of the B.C. Prosecution Service and the values that guide its work, as well as access to key operational data such as the volume of prosecution files that were approved in the 2014/15 fiscal year, and the aggregate outcomes of prosecution files that concluded in this same time frame. Specific analysis is provided in relation to impaired driving, domestic violence, child and youth victims, and peace officer involved offences.

September 30, 2015

Special Prosecutor Update (PDF)
Victoria - Independent Special Prosecutor David Butcher, QC has advised the Criminal Justice Branch (CJB), Ministry of Justice, that completion of his final report relating to the investigation arising out of matters addressed in the Review of the Draft Multicultural Strategic Outreach Plan, as well as alleged infractions of the Election Act, has taken longer than he anticipated. Mr. Butcher has advised CJB that the report will be completed as soon as is reasonably practicable, however, a specific timeline is not currently available.

September 18, 2015

No Charges Approved in IIO Investigations of Kamloops and Vancouver Arrests (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch (CJB), Ministry of Justice, announced that no charges have been approved in relation to the circumstances surrounding the arrests of individuals in Kamloops and Vancouver in September and October 2014.

September 4, 2015

Crown Files Application for "High-Risk" Finding in Schoenborn Case (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (the "CJB"), announced today that it has filed an application under section 672.64(1) of the Criminal Code to have Allan Dwayne Schoenborn found a "high-risk accused".

July 14, 2015

Stay of Proceedings Directed in Prosecution of Delta Police Officer (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch (CJB), Ministry of Justice, announced that a stay of proceedings has been entered on a charge of Second Degree Murder previously approved against Cst. Jordan MacWilliams of the Delta Police Department. The charge related to an on duty incident on November 8, 2012, in which Mehrdad Bayrami was shot and killed during an armed standoff with police.

June 26, 2015

Crown Files Appeal in Supreme Court of Canada (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (the "Branch"), announced that it has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Canada, asking that the Court overturn the majority decision of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia in R. v. Newman, 2015 BCCA 237, and restore a conviction for first degree murder.

June 25, 2015

Crown Files Appeal from Constitutional Decision (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (the "Branch"), announced that it has filed an appeal with the Court of Appeal for British Columbia, asking that the Court set aside a constitutional decision in R. v. Boutilier, 2015 BCSC 901. The appeal has been filed under Court of Appeal number CA42891 (Vancouver).

June 18, 2015

Appointment of Special Prosecutor in Abbotsford Prosecutions (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice ("CJB") announced today that a Special Prosecutor appointed pursuant to s.7 of the Crown Counsel Act has approved charges against Ryan Plecas and Cody Green in connection with an incident that occurred in Abbotsford on December 21, 2014.

June 15, 2015

No Charges Approved in IIO Investigation of Arrest near Chilliwack (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (CJB) announced that no charges have been approved against two police officers in relation to their use of force in arresting a suspect on February 16, 2014 near Chilliwack.

June 12, 2015

No Crown Appeal from Review Board's Disposition on Schoenborn (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (the "Branch"), announced that it will not file an appeal from the decision of the British Columbia Review Board to allow Allan Dwayne Schoenborn to have "escorted access to the community".

June 10, 2015

Stanley Cup Riot Charge Update (PDF)
Victoria - As the four year anniversary of the June 15, 2011 Stanley Cup riot is approaching, the Criminal Justice Branch (the Branch), Ministry of Justice considers it in the public interest to provide an update on the status of the related prosecution files.

May 29, 2015

No Charges Approved in IIO Investigation of Hope RCMP Officers (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch (CJB), Ministry of Justice, announced that no charges have been approved against two members of the Hope Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment in connection with circumstances surrounding an arrest on August 25, 2014.

April 16, 2015

Charge Approved in IIO Investigation of Surrey Shooting (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (CJB) announced that a charge of Careless Use of a Firearm has been approved against a member of the Delta Police Department in connection with an incident in Surrey on November 7, 2013.

March 25, 2015

No Charge Approved in Collision between Motorcycle and VPD Vehicle (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (CJB) announced that no charge has been approved against a member of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) involved in an incident on August 8, 2014 in which a male sustained a broken arm when his motorcycle collided with a police car.

March 20, 2015

Crown No Charges Approved in IIO Investigation of Maple Ridge Arrest (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch (CJB), Ministry of Justice, announced that no charges have been approved against members of the Ridge Meadows Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment in connection with an arrest on February 13, 2014. Subsequent to his arrest, an adult male complained of having sustained an injury to his right arm.

March 19, 2015

Crown Proceeds by Direct Indictment in R. v. Handlen (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (CJB) has filed a Direct Indictment in the prosecution of Garry Taylor Handlen. The Indictment charges Mr. Handlen with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Kathryn-Mary Herbert and Monica Ross Jack.

February 24, 2015

Charges Approved in Vancouver Island IIO Investigations (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice, announced that charges have been approved in connection with two separate incidents on Vancouver Island that were investigated by the Independent Investigation Office (IIO).

February 4, 2015

No Charges Approved in IIO Investigations Into Motorcycle Accident (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (CJB) announced that no charges have been approved against a member of the RCMP involved in an incident on May 31, 2014 in which the operator of a motorcycle suffered leg injuries when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed.

January 14, 2015

No Charges Approved in IIO Investigations Involving Police Service Dogs (PDF)
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (CJB) announced that no charges have been approved against police officers involved in incidents that occurred on October 7, 2013 in Vancouver and on January 31, 2014 in Courtenay, both of which involved the use of a police service dog (PSD) in the arrest of suspects.

January 6, 2015

CJB Implements Vulnerable Victim and Witness Policy (PDF)
Victoria - Effective December 29, 2014, the Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (CJB), implemented a new policy on best practices for supporting adult vulnerable victims and witnesses in criminal prosecutions.