Thursday, June 1, 2017

Canada's broken military justice

In its May 13, 2017 edition the Halifax Herald published a 2,000- word essay titled Canada's Broken Military Justice written by Tim Dunne a Defence analyst and contributor to this blog. In his piece, Mr. Dunne reviews, inter alia, the role of the Judge Advocate General which, he writes, is plagued by a military conflict of interest and an absence of Parliamentary control.

He urges the Minister of Justice, the Honorable Jody Wilson-Raybould, who is charged pursuant to paragraph 4(c) of the Department of Justice Act with the superintendence of all matters connected with the administration of justice in Canada (not within the jurisdiction of the jurisdiction of the provinces) to review the multiplicity of roles assigned to the Judge Advocate General and ask Parliament to "separate the judge from the advocate general"
". . . .she has surrendered absolute power over military law to one military officer, the Judge Advocate General. . . .
It is time, that Ms. Wilson-Raybould re-read her statement of responsibilities and, as a first step, separated the judge from the advocate general."

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