Message from the VCDS: An important milestone in the Victims’ Rights and Summary Hearing Implementation

May 11, 2022 -  Defence Stories


Defence Team,

As you know, our Military Justice System (MJS) is in the midst of profound change and modernization. We are pleased to share that we’ve reached an important milestone in the Victims’ Rights and Summary Hearing (VR&SH) Implementation as the remaining provisions of An Act to Amend the National Defence Act and to Make Related and Consequential Amendments to Other Acts (formerly known as Bill C-77) will come into force on 20 June 2022.

What It Means

Bill C-77 will amend the National Defence Act (NDA) by:

New training will be offered starting mid-May to help you understand and apply these changes.  All current commanding officers and superior commanders, as well as certain delegated officers identified by your chain of command, will need to be certified by 20 June 2022.

Why It Matters

This initiative is in direct support of culture change and aims to improve the MJS at all levels. As we achieve milestones, we will strive to keep you updated and equipped with the several resources in place to inform, train, and help us all in incorporating these key changes into the leadership and administration of the CAF. We remind all leaders across the CAF of their obligation to familiarize themselves with the aspects of VR&SH Implementation as progress is made.


Lieutenant-General Frances Allen

Vice Chief of the Defence Staff 

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