Court Martial Comprehensive Review


The Judge Advocate General (JAG), Major-General Blaise Cathcart, Q.C., has launched a comprehensive review of the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) court martial system. Consultations across Canada and around the world are an integral part of this review.

From October 11, 2016 to November 7, 2016, the Court Martial Comprehensive Review Team (CMCRT) engaged with Canadians on several key areas including, but not limited to:

  • Tribunals and Courts
  • Prosecution Services
  • Defence Counsel Services
  • Offences under Military Law
  • Punishments, Sanctions, and Sentencing Laws
  • Laws of Evidence
  • Rights, Grounds and Mechanisms of Appeal
  • Specific Groups and the Military Justice System

As the military justice system operates alongside the Canadian civilian criminal justice system, both must meet the expectations of Canadians by contributing to the maintenance of a just, peaceful, and safe society. This review will develop and analyze options to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency, and legitimacy of the court martial system.

Why are we reviewing the CAF’s courts martial system?

While Canada has a strong and effective military justice system, it cannot remain static. As part of the JAG’s responsibility for superintendence and for the conduct of regular reviews of the administration of military justice, this comprehensive review offers the opportunity to examine and explore Canada’s court martial system, including in terms of how it compares to others around the world.

Over the course of the year, the CMCRT will conduct a legal and policy analysis of all aspects of the court martial system, and engage with experts around the world and Canadians here at home. This evidence-based review will help guide any next steps to the development of an even stronger and more effective military justice system.

 If you would like to know more about the CAF Court Martial System, please visit:

  1. Tribunals and Courts
  2. Prosecution Services
  3. Defence Counsel Services
  4. Offences under Military Law
  5. Punishments, Sanctions, and Sentencing Laws
  6. Laws of Evidence
  7. Rights, Grounds and Mechanisms of Appeal
  8. Specific Groups and the Military Justice System

Contact Us

Public consultations have now closed. The CMCRT can be contacted by e-mail or by mail at:

Office of the Judge Advocate General – Court Martial Comprehensive Review Team
101 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa ON K1A 0K2

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