OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 28, 2013) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today responded to the Military Judges Compensation Committee's Report on the Military Judges Compensation Committee 2012.
"The Government of Canada acknowledges the importance of military judges in the military justice system and reaffirms its commitment to ensuring the continuing judicial independence of military judges," said Minister MacKay. "I would like to express sincere appreciation on behalf of the Government to the members of the Committee for their commitment to this important public interest process, and for the diligence with which they exercised their functions."
The following recommendations were accepted by the Minister:
- annual regulatory increases will continue to be in accordance with the Industrial Aggregate Index, and will not be capped; and
- in compensation for the elimination of further accrual of severance pay benefits for military judges, a salary increase of 0.25 per cent will be given in the first year of the elimination.
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 response of the Minister of National Defence can be found at: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/reports-rapports/index-eng.asp.
The Report on the Military Judges Compensation Committee 2012 can be found at: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/reports-rapports/mjcc12/index-eng.asp.