BC Prosecution Service

The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) promotes public safety, justice, and respect for the rule of law by making principled charge assessment decisions and conducting fair and effective prosecutions and appeals. In making its prosecutorial decisions, the BCPS acts independently of police and government.

In addition, the BCPS:

  • Develops policies and procedures on the administration of criminal justice
  • Provides criminal law advice to government
  • Liaises with the media and the public on prosecution matters
  • Prepares victims for court and provides appropriate information to them about prosecutions and the criminal justice system, and
  • Carries out any other function or responsibility assigned to it by the Attorney General.

To learn more about the BC Prosecution Service, our Strategic Plan, Annual Report, information sheets and other resources are available on this website. You can also follow the BC Prosecution Service on Twitter @bcprosecution.

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

January 16, 2020

BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announces the appointment of Special Prosecutor
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that Marylin Sandford QC has been appointed Special Prosecutor to conduct an independent review of the conduct of the BCPS in the prosecution of R. v. Bouvette, Cranbrook file # 29382. The file was concluded in 2013 and involved a conviction for criminal negligence causing death. Ms. Sandford was appointed following media inquires about disclosure issues involving the pathologist on the case. 

January 15, 2020

No charges approved following motor vehicle incident involving Langley RCMP officer; Clear Statement
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that no charges have been approved against a member of the Langley RCMP in relation to a June 21, 2017, incident between an RCMP vehicle and a motorcycle which resulted in serious injuries to the operator of the motorcycle.

November 14, 2019

BC Prosecution Service announces appointment of Special Prosecutor
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that on February 22, 2019, Michael Klein QC was appointed Special Prosecutor following receipt by the BCPS of a Report to Crown Counsel (RCC) relating to sexual offences alleged to have occurred in and around Prince George in 1974. The suspect identified in the report was the Hereditary Chief of the Tl’azt’en Nation.

October 17, 2019

No charges approved in non-fatal police shooting; Clear Statement
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that no charges have been approved against a member of the New Westminster Police Department involved in a non-fatal shooting that occurred near the Walmart on 805 Boyd St. on January 15, 2016. The incident occurred in the course of the apprehension and arrest of an armed suspected shoplifter.

October 9, 2019

BC Prosecution Service clarifies role of Special Prosecutor
Victoria - In light of recent public comments, the BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) wishes to clarify the role of Special Prosecutors appointed to advise and assist police in the conduct of investigations.

October 7, 2019

BC Prosecution Service confirms the appointment of Special Prosecutor
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) confirmed that Richard Peck QC has been appointed as Special Prosecutor to provide legal assistance and advice to the RCMP in relation to an investigation being conducted into allegations of criminal wrongdoing against  MLA Jinny Sims and other persons unknown to the BCPS.