Thursday, January 11, 2018

Rank and file critical of military justice system

DND has released a copy of an Interim Report on the Court Martial Comprehensive Review dated July 21, 2017 under the Access to Information Act. [Copy available at this link: Canadian Military Justice. A critical review] 

The report provides a potpourri of critique, observations and commentaries gathered from the rank and file, including senior officers in command, concerning their views on the effectiveness, efficiency and, strangely, the legitimacy of the current system. It also includes options to enhance or modernize the system.

After years of arguing that Canada has the “best military penal  justice system in the world“, and rejecting any suggestion that the system needs substantial reforms,  the authors of this interim report appear to have put in a maximum amount of efforts to gather from the military leadership, all large and small blemishes, faults, shortcomings and warts to shown their lack of confidence in the system.  

We will obviously have to wait for the publication of  the Final Report by the Office of the Judge Advocate General to find out how National Defence Department and the armed forces intends to address this call for reforms by the rank and file. 

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