Military justice

  • I have been charged under the Code of Service Discipline. What can I do?

    Contact the Defence Counsel Services at 1-888-715-9636 or (613) 997-8985 for information and assistance.

    Additional information on the Code of Service Discipline (CSD) and your rights can be found in The Code of Service Discipline and Me, Part III of the National Defence Act and the regulations contained in Volume II of the Queen’s Regulations and Orders.

    The Office of the Ombudsman for National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces must remain neutral in all military justice matters. As a result, our office cannot:

    • act as a lawyer or an advocate for any party;
    • give advice related to a charge;
    • investigate any complaint or matter relating to a military judge, court martial, or summary trial;
    • investigate complaints about the decision of the chain of command or the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service to lay charges; or
    • investigate in preferring charges by the Director Military Prosecution.

    For more information, refer to section 14 of the Ombudsman’s mandate.

    We can report complaints of abuse or delays related to the administration of the CSD to the appropriate authority. For more information, refer to section 19 of the Ombudsman’s mandate.

  • I have been convicted at summary trial. What can I do to get my trial reviewed?

    If you have been convicted at summary trial, you can ask for a review by the review authority within 14 calendar days of the end of the summary trial. The grounds and procedure for requesting a review are set out in Queen's Regulations and Orders 108.45.

    Contact the Defence Counsel Services at 1-888-715-9636 or (613) 997-8985 for information or assistance.

    We cannot investigate complaints about military judges or summary trials. For more information, refer to section 14 of the Ombudsman’s mandate.

  • I have been convicted before a court martial. How can I appeal?

    If you have been convicted before a court martial, you can appeal to the Court Martial Appeal Court, a division of the Federal Court. Your notice of appeal must be sent to the Registry of the Court Martial Appeal Court within 30 calendar days following the date the court martial ended its proceedings. The grounds and procedure for requesting an appeal are set out in Queen’s Regulations and Orders - Chapter 115.

    You can contact the Defence Counsel Services at 1-888-715-9636 or (613) 997-8985 for information or assistance.

    We cannot investigate complaints about military judges or courts martial. For more information, refer to section 14 of the Ombudsman’s mandate.

  • Can I appeal a decision of the Court Martial Appeal Court?

    If you disagree with a decision of the Court Martial Appeal Court, you can appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. The grounds for requesting an appeal are set out in Queen's Regulations and Orders 115.27.

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