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

June 14, 2018

BC Prosecution Service Announces Appeal of Dangerous Driving Causing Death Acquittal  (PDF, 163 KB)
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service announced that the Crown has filed an appeal of the acquittal of Ken Chung of a charge alleging dangerous driving causing the death of Alphonsus Hui contrary to section 249 of the Criminal Code.

May 16, 2018

No Charges Approved in Salmon Arm Non-Fatal Police Shooting (PDF,134 KB)
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service announced that no charges have been approved against members of the Salmon Arm RCMP involved in a non-fatal shooting near Salmon Arm on July 3, 2015.

May 14, 2018

Special Prosecutors Approve Criminal Contempt Proceedings (PDF, 133 KB)
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service announced that the Special Prosecutors appointed to handle the matters of two Members of Parliament arrested along with other protestors at the Trans Mountain Pipeline work site have each, independently, concluded that criminal contempt proceedings for breaches of the injunction are warranted.

May 7, 2018

BC Prosecution Service Approves Assault Charge Against Comox RCMP Officer (PDF, 162 KB)
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service announced that a charge of assault has been approved against Cst. Geory Penner of the Comox Valley RCMP. The charge arose out of an on duty incident that occurred on November 7, 2017 in the Courtenay/Comox area.

April 16, 2018

BC Prosecution Service Assumes Conduct of Contempt Proceedings - Announces Appointment of Special Prosecutors (PDF, 175 KB)
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service announced that it will assume conduct of contempt proceedings for breaches of Trans Mountain Pipeline's injunction covering its work site in Burnaby. 

April 3, 2018

BC Prosecution Service Approves Charges Against Police Officer in Fatal Shooting (PDF, 136 KB)
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service announced that a charge of manslaughter using a firearm has been approved against a member of the West Kootenay Traffic Unit of the RCMP in relation to a shooting which occurred during an attempted traffic stop near Castlegar on January 29, 2015.

March 28, 2018

No Charges Approved Following Collision Involving UBC RCMP Officer (PDF, 234.1KB)
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service announced that no charges have been approved against a member of the UBC Detachment of the RCMP in relation to a November 4, 2015 collision between an RCMP vehicle and a cyclist.

March 23, 2018

No Charges Approved in West Shore RCMP In-custody Incident (PDF, 156 KB)
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service announced that no charges have been approved against three members of the West Shore RCMP involved in an in-custody incident which resulted in injuries to a civilian.

March 22, 2018

Charges Approved Against Prince Rupert RCMP re Motor Vehicle Incident (PDF, 162 KB)
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service announced that a charge of driving without due care and attention, contrary to s.144(1)(a) of the Motor Vehicle Act has been approved against Prince Rupert RCMP Cpl. Jeff Easingwood. The charges relate to an incident that occurred on March 25, 2017, while he was on duty in Prince Rupert.

March 22, 2018

Special Prosecutor Approves Peace Bond re Nanaimo City Council (PDF, 164 KB)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service announced that an application to have Tracy Samra bound by the terms of a peace bond pursuant to s.810 of the Criminal Code of Canada has been approved by Special Prosecutor Michael Klein QC.

March 7, 2018

Appointment of Special Prosecutor (PDF, 181 KB)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service announced that Leonard Doust QC has been appointed Special Prosecutor in relation to an investigation which resulted in charges being laid against the former mayor of Burns Lake.

March 1, 2018

BC Prosecution Service Releases Revised Crown Counsel Policy Manual (PDF, 170 KB)
Victoria - Effective March 1, 2018, the BC Prosecution Service implemented a revised Crown Counsel Policy Manual. These 59 policies and accompanying introduction assist Crown Counsel in carrying out their responsibilities under the Crown Counsel Act.

February 7, 2018

BC Prosecution Service Announces Appointment of Special Prosecutor (PDF, 165 KB)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service announced that on February 2, 2018, the Assistant Deputy Attorney General Peter Juk QC (ADAG) appointed a Special Prosecutor in relation to alleged threats uttered at Nanaimo City Hall.

January 30, 2018

BC Prosecution Service Directs Stay of Proceedings of Mt. Polley Mines Private Prosecution (PDF, 170 KB)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service announced today that it has directed a stay of proceedings in the private prosecution relating to the dam failure at Mt. Polley Mines near Likely, BC on August 4, 2014. On August 4, 2017, Bev Sellars swore a private Information alleging that Mount Polley Mining Corporation had committed various offences contrary to the provincial Environmental Management Act and Mines Act.

January 4, 2018

No Charge Approved Against Vancouver Police Dog Handler (PDF, 137 KB)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service announced today that no charges have been approved against a Vancouver Police Department officer who deployed his police service dog during the arrest of a subject in Vancouver on March 16, 2016. The suspect suffered serious injuries to his arm after being bitten.

December 19, 2017

BC Prosecution Service Approves Charges Against Police Officer in Fatal Shooting (PDF, 139 KB)
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service announced that charges of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon have been approved against a member of the Surrey RCMP involved in the fatal shooting of Hudson Brooks on July 18, 2015.

December 15, 2017

No Charges Approved in Valemount Police Shooting (PDF, 143 KB)
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service announced that no charges have been approved against members of the RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT) who were involved in a shooting near Valemount, British Columbia on September 17, 2014.

December 14, 2017

No Charges Approved in Smithers RCMP In-Custody Death (PDF, 171 KB)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service announced that no charges have been approved against a member of the Smithers RCMP involved in an in-custody fatality. On February 14, 2015 at approximately 11:00 p.m., a suspect was arrested and transported to the Smithers RCMP police detachment. Shortly after arriving at the detachment, the suspect attacked an officer and a physical altercation ensued.

December 11, 2017

BC Prosecution Service Files Appeal of Stay of Proceedings in R v Bacon (PDF, 97 KB)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service announced that the Crown has filed an appeal with the Court of Appeal for British Columbia asking that the court set aside the stay of proceedings ordered by the BC Supreme Court in R v James Kyle Bacon.

December 7, 2017

Kamloops RCMP Officer Charged With Assault Causing Bodily Harm (PDF, 164 KB)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service announced that a charge of assault causing bodily harm has been approved against Kamloops RCMP Cst Joedy Todd Henderson in relation to an incident that occurred on August 25, 2017, while he was on duty in Kamloops.

December 1, 2017

BC Supreme Court Stays Charges Against James Kyle Bacon (PDF, 135 KB)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service announced that charges against James Kyle Bacon sworn in connection with the “Surrey Six” homicides have been ordered stayed by the BC Supreme Court. Mr. Bacon had been charged with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit the murder of Corey Lal, one of six people who died on October 19, 2007 at the Balmoral Tower building in Surrey.