Monday, June 6, 2016

Canadian military justice system in the news

The June 10, 2016 issue of The Lawyers Weekly has two noteworthy articles on Canadian military justice. The first concerns the dismissal of a complaint by the JAG's chief of staff against Chief Military Judge Mario Dutil. A May 27, 2016 announcement on the Court Martial Appeal Court's website states:
The Military Judges Inquiry Committee, established in accordance with section 165.31 of the National Defence Act, reviewed a complaint against the Chief Military Judge Mario Dutil. The complaint was made by Colonel Bruce J Wakeham.

The complaint concerned allegations of infringement to the Defence Administrative Order and Directives (DAOD) 5019-1, Personal Relationships and Fraternization. After considering all the issues in this case, the complaint was dismissed on the basis that it did not raise any issue of judicial conduct as referred to in subsection 165.32(7) of the National Defence Act and therefore did not warrant consideration by the Military Judges Inquiry Committee.
The second Lawyers Weekly article is about Chief Justice Richard Bell of the Court Martial Appeal Court, where there's quite a lot going on. Both articles are recommended reading.

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