Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 25, 2014 12:00 ET

Minister of National Defence Re-Appoints Judge Advocate General

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 25, 2014) - Department of National Defence

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of National Defence, is pleased to announce the re-appointment of Major-General Blaise Cathcart as the Canadian Forces Judge Advocate General (JAG).

For the past 24 years, Major-General Cathcart has served in a number of positions with the Office of the JAG. He served as the Deputy Legal Advisor and General Counsel - Military in the Office of the Legal Advisor to the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), as the Deputy Judge Advocate General/Military Justice and Administrative Law, and as Deputy Judge Advocate General/Operations. He was first appointed JAG in April 2010 and was promoted to the rank of Major-General in October 2012.

Quick Facts

  • The JAG is the legal advisor to the Governor General, the Minister of National Defence, DND and the CAF in matters relating to military law. The JAG is also charged with the superintendence of the administration of the military justice system in the CAF, and is one of only a few members of the CAF appointed by the Governor in Council.
  • In 2011, the Office of the JAG commemorated its 100th Anniversary of the appointment of the first Judge Advocate General, and the delivery of legal services to the Canadian military by Canadian officers.


"Our Government is committed to ensuring the Canadian military justice system continues to be one in which Canadians have trust and confidence. Major-General Cathcart has shown a depth of experience in military law and military justice while serving as Judge Advocate General for the past four years, and his re-appointment underscores the quality and integrity of the Office of the Judge Advocate General."

The Honourable Rob Nicholson
Minister of National Defence

"It is a distinct and humbling privilege to be re-appointed as the Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Armed Forces for a second term. I am honoured to lead the exceptional personnel within the Office of the Judge Advocate General and to continue to advance the rule of law."

Major-General Blaise Cathcart
Judge Advocate General

Associated Links

Major-General Cathcart Biography

Judge Advocate General

Canada's Military Justice System

Contact Information

  • Johanna Quinney
    Press Secretary to the Minister of National Defence
    Office of the Minister of the Department of National Defence
    (613) 996-3100

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