Monday, November 16, 2020

Third Independent Review of the National Defence Act

The next two months will be a busy period for the 'Military Justice' system for the Canadian Forces.  The appeals in R v Edwards, et. al., regarding the independence of the military judiciary, will be heard by the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada (CMAC), likely sometime in mid-January 2021.

Additionally, this morning, the Minister of National Defence (MND) announced the appointment of the Independent Review Authority to conduct the Third Independent Review of the National Defence Act.  Justice Morris Fish, a former Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and now a 'Jurist in Residence' in a Canadian law firm, has been appointed the Independent Review Authority.

Inquiries and submissions to the Third Independent Review should be addressed to Mr. Jean-Philippe Groleau at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, by mail to 1501 McGill College Suite 2600, Montréal, Quebec, H3A 3N9, by telephone at 514-841-6583, or by email at:

All submissions must be received by January 8, 2021. Persons making submissions should expect that their submissions will be made public, however the Independent Review Authority maintains discretion in this regard and may receive certain submissions in confidence.

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