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Modernization of courts martial: a matter of priority

By Michel W. Drapeau      

Parliament needs to embark upon a review of the Canadian military justice system which will lead to its evaluation and rejuvenation to ensure its harmony with the ordinary laws of Canada and the open courts concept.

In May 2018, Auditor General Michael Ferguson also identified problems with the structure and administration of military justice. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—In January 2018, an interim report from the Department of National Defence (DND) considered the many impediments to the military’s court martial system. The results were anything but surprising. The report provides an overview of the courts martial system, a comparative study of military justice systems from around the world, as well as an analysis of the high costs associated with running courts martial. The report clearly shows, and concludes, that courts martial are very expensive and inefficient. In May 2018, the auditor general also identified problems with the structure and administration of military justice.

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