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

September 12, 2019

Charge approved against Vancouver Police officer after motor vehicle collision
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced today 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 a Vancouver Police Constable.

September 4, 2019

Former Kelowna RCMP officer charged with multiple breach of trust offences
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that charges of breach of trust have been approved against a former Kelowna RCMP officer.

July 26, 2019

Motor Vehicle Act charge approved against Vancouver Special Constable
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) 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 a Vancouver Special Constable.

July 3, 2019

Charge approved against Vancouver Police Officer in motor vehicle incident
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that a charge of driving without reasonable consideration, contrary to s.144(1)(b) of the Motor Vehicle Act has been approved against a Vancouver Police Constable.

June 7, 2019

BC Prosecution Service announces no charges in Burnaby RCMP non-fatal shooting
Victoria - On May 31, 2019, the BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that no charges were approved against a member of the Burnaby RCMP involved in a non-fatal shooting near the intersection of Csnada Way and Edmonds Street in Burnaby on March 1, 2015.

May 21, 2019

BC Prosecution Service approves charge of Dangerous Driving against Vancouver Police Officer
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that a charge of dangerous driving causing bodily harm has been approved against a Vancouver Police Constable relating to a motor vehicle incident on May 18, 2018.

May 16, 2019

BC Prosecution Service announces no charges in Salmon Arm RCMP non-fatal shooting
Victoria - On May 16, 2018, the BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that no charges were approved against members of the Salmon Arm RCMP involving a non-fatal shooting near Salmon Arm on July 3, 2015.

May 2, 2019

No charges approved following arrest by Prince George RCMP dog handler
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that no charges have been approved against a member of the Prince George RCMP involved in the arrest of a suspect on September 8, 2015.

April 16, 2019

BC Prosecution Service releases revised Crown Counsel policies:  INF 1, IPV 1 and SEX 2
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced the release of a series of revised policies, including Information Requests from Third Parties (INF 1), Intimate Partner Violence (IPV 1), and Sexual Transmission, or Realistic Possibility of Transmission, of HIV (SEX 2) as part of its commitment to continuous improvement and maintaining the currency, relevancy, and appropriateness of its policies.

April 16, 2019

BC Prosecution Service announces policy changes aimed at reducing overrepresentation of Indigenous persons in the criminal justice system
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced new policies aimed at the unacceptable overrepresentation of Indigenous persons in the criminal justice system.

March 28, 2019

Appointment of Special Prosecutor
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that on December 17, 2018 Michael Klein QC was appointed Special Prosecutor in relation to an investigation of a sexual assault alleged to have occurred in Coquitlam in 2015.

March 27, 2019

Charge approved against Chilliwack RCMP in motor vehicle incident
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) 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 Chilliwack RCMP Cst. Yannick Leblanc.

March 5, 2019

Charge approved against New Hazelton RCMP officer
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that a single charge of assault causing bodily harm, contrary to section 267(b) of the Criminal Code, has been approved against New Hazelton RCMP Cst. Eric Andrew Unrau.

January 31, 2019

Appointment of Special Prosecutor
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that on March 20, 2017, the Acting Assistant Deputy Attorney General John Labossiere appointed a Special Prosecutor in relation to allegations of theft of money from the constituency office of Chilliwack MLA John Martin.

January 25, 2019

Dangerous driving charge approved against Vancouver Police Officer
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service announced that a charge of dangerous driving causing bodily harm has been approved against a member of the Vancouver Police Department in relation to an on-duty collision with a pedestrian on January 6, 2018.

December 10, 2018

Special Prosecutor issues Clear Statement re: Draft Multicultural Strategic Outreach Plan
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
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
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
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.