How to request a Gladue report?
The Gladue Services Department is working in collaboration with BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) to make the application of Gladue more accessible and functional for all crown counsel in BC.
Crown counsel can request a Gladue report through the Justice Services Branch (JSB) of the Ministry of Attorney General. Crown counsel are encouraged to contact the Director of Gladue Services, Mitch Walker, at [email protected] or 778-940-3519 for more information.
We believe that a full Gladue report helps the entire court process to ensure participants in the process can make informed decisions.
Applications of Gladue reports
To ensure fair treatment of Indigenous people, defence counsel, crown counsel and the judge all have an obligation to apply Gladue principles. The BCFNJC writes Gladue reports for the following types of hearings:
- Bail hearings
- Sentencing hearings
- Reviews in First Nation/Indigenous court
- Dangerous offender hearings
- Long term offender hearings
- Not criminally responsible hearings
Note: The BCFNJC does not prepare Gladue reports for the purposes of plea negotiations.
Gladue reports can be extremely useful tools to help the crown, defence and the judge, to make informed decisions. They provide a full picture of the individual, their unique background and systemic factors, and the restorative justice plan going forward. They humanize the individual and lay out a practical plan. They help to excavate the root cause of offence cycles and offer new interventions upstream. Often, restorative justice plans can become a foundation for healing when they are aimed at prevention and wellness, incorporating Indigenous values and cultural traditions.
Members of the BC Prosecution Service are encouraged to contact the Director of Gladue Services, Mitch Walker, at [email protected] or 778-940-3519 for more information.