Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 29, 2010 11:23 ET

Minister MacKay Responds to Recommendations on Compensation for Military Judges

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 29, 2010) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today responded to the Military Judges Compensation Committee's Report on the Compensation of Military Judges 2008

"Our military judges provide CF members with a fair and equitable justice system that is free of outside influence," said Minister MacKay. "The changes announced today will ensure that military judges' compensation levels continue to protect their financial security and independance, while they fulfill this essential role."

The following changes to military judges' compensation have been introduced:

  • the annual measure of indexation to protect against inflation will be based on the Industrial Aggregate Index;

  • the Chief Military Judge will continue to receive a supplement of 3.0 per cent of the military judges' rate; and

  • military judges have received a salary increase of 3.0 per cent for 2007, 3.2 per cent for 2008, and 2.8 per cent for 2009. 

The Military Judges Compensation Committee was established under the authority of the National Defence Act for the purpose of conducting regular inquiries into the adequacy of military judges' remuneration. In forming its recommendations, the Committee considered written submissions from the military judges and the Government of Canada, and held a public hearing where both parties presented their positions and answered questions from Committee members.

The Report on the Compensation of Military Judges 2008 can be found at: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/reports-rapports/mjcc08/index-eng.asp.

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