Mandate of the Office of the Chief Military Judge

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The Office of the Chief Military Judge is an independent unit of the Canadian Forces and was established in 1997. Its personnel includes: 

  • military judges;
  • the Court Martial Administrator and the Deputy Court Martial Administrator;
  • military and civilian court reporters; and
  • technical, financial, human resource and administrative support. 

Role of the Office of the Chief Military Judge 

The role of the Office of the Chief Military Judge is to: 

  • provide military judges to preside at courts martial and perform other judicial duties under the National Defence Act;
  • administer the convening of courts martial, the appointment of members of General Courts Martial and the provision of court reporting services and transcription of the proceedings of courts martial and other judicial hearings; and
  • in the case of military judges, with the concurrence of the Chief Military Judge, be appointed as a board of inquiry.
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