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

February 7, 2018

BC Prosecution Service Announces Appointment of Special Prosecutor (PDF)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.

November 10, 2017

Merritt RCMP Officer Charged with Assault (PDF)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service announced that a charge of assault has been approved against Merritt RCMP Sgt Norm Flemming in relation to an incident that occurred at the Merritt RCMP detachment on May 15, 2017.

October 24, 2017

Special Prosecutor Concludes Involvement in Police Investigation of Nanaimo City Council (PDF)
Victoria - On December 16, 2016, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Peter Juk QC appointed Mark Jette Special Prosecutor in relation to matters involving the Nanaimo City Council. The Vancouver Island District General Investigation Section of the RCMP had previously sought the assistance of the BC Prosecution Service in dealing with an investigation involving the Nanaimo City Council.

October 18, 2017

No Charges Approved Following Arrest by Prince George RCMP Officer (PDF)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service announced that no charges have been approved against a member of the Prince George RCMP involved in an arrest of an individual on July 11, 2015. In the course of the arrest, the suspect suffered a fracture of his left leg. The incident was investigated by the Independent Investigations Office, which subsequently submitted a Report to Crown Counsel for review by the BCPS.

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.