Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 19, 2007 11:12 ET

JAG Annual Report on the Administration of Military Justice 2006-2007

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2007) - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is pleased to announce that the 2006-2007 Annual Report of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) on the administration of military justice in the Canadian Forces was tabled November 15 in the House of Commons.

This annual report acknowledges a number of developments in the military justice system. The report clearly indicates that our military justice system is indeed providing the Canadian Forces with the necessary tools to maintain and enforce discipline in accordance with the rule of law.

The eighth annual report canvasses much of the work done during the reporting period concerning military justice in the Canadian Forces including an overview of:

- service tribunal activity;

- military justice surveys results;

- military justice training activities;

- legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives; and

- the strategic initiatives undertaken.

The National Defence Act provides that the JAG is responsible for the superintendence of the administration of military justice in the Canadian Forces and requires the JAG to report annually to the Minister of National Defence on this subject. This report covers the period 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007.

The Director of Defence Counsel Services and the Director of Military Prosecutions are required to report annually to the JAG. The reports of the Director of Military Prosecutions and the Director of Defence Counsel Services are included as annexes to the JAG Report.

NOTE TO EDITORS: More information on the JAG and the full text of the 2006 - 2007 JAG Annual Report is available on the National Defence website: www.forces.gc.ca.

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