Chilean Supreme Court renders favorable report on military justice reform bill
Supreme Court of Chile
By divided vote, the Supreme Court of Chile on July 1, 2014 submitted a favorable report to the National Defense Committee of the Chamber of Deputies on a bill to repeal the current Code of Military Justice and substitute a new Military Penal Code. The measure would limit military jurisdiction by barring military trials of civilians and limiting courts-martial to service-connected offenses by military personnel. In addition, professional judges would have protected tenure, be fully integrated into the judicial branch, and have no administrative or functional relationship with the armed forces or police. News accounts appear here and here. The full text of the court's report appears here.