Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 06, 2006 10:24 ET

Appointment of Military Judge Announced

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 6, 2006) - Lieutenant-Colonel Louis-Vincent d'Auteuil, a Canadian Forces legal officer originally from Sorel, Quebec, has been appointed to be a military judge. The appointment, made by an Order in Council, is for a term of five years and is effective May 18, 2006.

"Lieutenant-Colonel d'Auteuil is an outstanding member of both the bar and the Canadian Forces," said Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor. "He possesses extensive knowledge of criminal and military law and the sound judgement to apply the law effectively."

Lt.-Col. d'Auteuil enrolled in the Army reserves in 1988 as an infantry officer while attending the Faculty of Law at the University of Montreal. He was called to the bar in the Province of Quebec in 1989. While continuing with his part-time reserve employment, Lt.-Col. d'Auteuil practiced law with various law firms and managed his own firm. He transferred to the Regular Force as a legal officer in 1995.

Since then, Lt.-Col. d'Auteuil has held increasingly senior appointments, his latest being as the Assistant Judge Advocate General for Eastern Region, located in Montreal.

Military Judges are appointed pursuant to section 165.21 of the National Defence Act. They are employed within the Office of the Chief Military Judge, which is independent of the chain of command. Military judges preside at courts martial and other military proceedings such as the judicial review of pre-trial custody. Their term can be renewed at the request of the military judge and upon the recommendation of an independent renewal committee.

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