The New Zealand Defence Force has a new Judge Advocate General, according to this report:
Kevin Riordan ONZM has been appointed Judge Advocate General of the Armed Forces, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today.
Mr Riordan has been Deputy Judge Advocate General and Deputy Chief Judge of the Court Martial since October 2013. He takes over from Christopher Hodson QC who is retiring.
The Judge Advocate General is responsible for ensuring the proper administration of armed forces law. Those responsibilities include investigating complaints by the members of the armed forces, appointing judge advocates to sit in courts-martial and considering and reporting on the proceedings of courts-martial.
With the appointment comes appointment as Chief Judge of the Court Martial.Armed Forces Discipline Act 1971, as amended, provides:
203 Appointment and functions of Judge Advocate GeneralIn case you were curious as to who decides what cases should be taken to the New Zealand court martial, consider ss. 101F and 101I:
(1) The Governor-General may from time to time by warrant appoint a barrister or solicitor of the High Court who has held a practising certificate as such for not less than 7 years, whether or not he holds or has held any judicial office, to be Judge Advocate General of the Armed Forces.
(2) The Judge Advocate General may not be removed from office except in accordance with section 16 of the Court Martial Act 2007; and that section applies accordingly with any necessary modifications.
(2A) The Judge Advocate General must retire from office on attaining the age of 75 years.