Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Real and substantive reforms are coming to town

On November 22, 2021,  the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the Liberal government has set up an interdepartmental working group (Department of National Defence and the Department of Justice Canada) to study whether the civilian justice system should take over the duties of the office of the military prosecution and the office of defence counsel which are both part of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG). Such a move would go above and beyond the earlier ministerial directive to removing all sexual assault complaints from the military penal justice system. This would be akin to what has been taking place in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Lithuania who has more or less repealed military jurisdiction over crimes in peacetime and return such jurisdiction to ordinary courts of law.  

All in all a welcomed and long-awaited move!

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