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

December 10, 2018

Special Prosecutor issues Clear Statement re: Draft Multicultural Strategic Outreach Plan (PDF, 255 KB)
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service announced that Special Prosecutor David Butcher QC has issued a Clear Statement addressing his involvement in the investigation and prosecution of individuals following the receipt by the RCMP of a complaint arising out of the Review of the Draft Multicultural Strategic Outreach Plan, a report that was completed in March 2013 by the then Deputy Minister to the Premier.

December 5, 2018

New Special Prosecutor appointed in R v Strimbold (PDF, 164 KB)
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service announced that a new Special Prosecutor has been appointed following the withdrawal of Special Prosecutor Leonard Doust QC from the prosecution of Luke Strimbold for personal reasons.

November 20, 2018

Special Prosecutors appointed (PDF, 123 KB)
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service announced that David Butcher, QC and Brock Martland have been appointed as Special Prosecutors to provide legal assistance and advice to the RCMP in relation to an investigation being conducted into the activities of senior staff at the British Columbia Legislature.

November 14, 2018

No Charges Approved in Allegation of Theft by Abbotsford Police Officer (PDF, 137 KB)
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service announced that no charges have been approved following an allegation of theft of money by a police officer during a search of an Abbotsford residence pursuant to a search warrant.

October 26, 2018

BC Prosecution Service Receives Recommendations Following Review of Darling Prosecution (PDF, 211 KB)
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service announced it has received the results of an internal review of the prosecution of Larry Darling for the murder of Kristy Morrey in Port Alberni. On June 13, 2018 Crown Counsel directed a stay of proceedings of the first degree murder charge against Mr. Darling.

September 11, 2018

Special Prosecutor Concludes Involvement Regarding Robert Dziekanski (PDF, 207 KB)
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service announced that Special Prosecutor Richard Peck QC has concluded his involvement in the prosecutions related to the in-custody death of Robert Dziekanski.

August 23, 2018

Charges Approved Against Ridge Meadows RCMP Member (PDF, 108 KB)
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service announced that criminal charges have been approved against Ridge Meadows RCMP Constable Gregory Scott Bakker as a result of an investigation into conduct that is alleged to have occurred between July and November 2016 at or near Abbotsford, Langley, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Surrey, British Columbia.

August 9, 2018

Special Prosecutor Files Direct Indictment Alleging Additional Charges in Luke Strimbold Case  (PDF, 108 KB)
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service announced that Special Prosecutor Leonard Doust QC has approved the majority of the initial charges sworn by Burns Lake RCMP against Luke Strimbold on February 3, 2018, and has also approved further sex-related charges involving three additional complainants.

July 12, 2018

BC Prosecution Service Releases Clear Statement Following IIO Investigation into Police Dog Handler  (PDF, 194 KB)
Victoria – On January 4, 2018, the BC Prosecution Service announced that no charges were approved against a Vancouver Police Department officer who deployed his police service dog during an arrest of a suspect in Vancouver on March 16, 2016. The incident was investigated by the Independent Investigations Office. A Clear Statement is now available.

June 29, 2018

BC Prosecution Service Approves Assault Charge Against Vancouver Police Officer  (PDF, 164 KB)
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service announced that a charge of assault causing bodily harm has been approved against Cst. Ken Starnworth of the Vancouver Police Department in relation to an on-duty incident that occurred on March 1, 2016 in downtown Vancouver.

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.