Department of National Defence - Reports on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

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The Office of the Judge Advocate General

The Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) provides legal advice to the Governor General, the Minister of National Defence, the Department, and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in matters relating to military lawFootnote 1. In addition, the JAG has the superintendence of the administration of military justice in the CAF, which includes regular reviews of the administration of military justice and the provision of an annual report to the Minister on its administrationFootnote 2.

To maintain the CAF in a state of readiness, the military must be in a position to enforce internal discipline effectively and efficiently. The Office of the JAG provides support to the chain of command to allow the CAF to deal with the discipline, efficiency and morale of the military. Additionally, the Office of the JAG provides legal services in the areas of administrative law and operational law, through directorates and offices in Ottawa, elsewhere in Canada, the US and Europe, as well as legal officers deployed to operational theatres.

In 2010, the Governor in Council appointed Major-General Blaise Cathcart to the position of the JAG. In accordance with the JAG's Mission and Vision, the Office of the JAG will actively pursue the following four strategic goals:

  • Deliver responsive, force enabling legal advice and services in all areas of military law;
  • Lead proactive military justice oversight, responsible development and positive change;
  • Optimize a dynamic world class team of specialized legal professionals and support personnel; and
  • Be vigilant leaders in caring for our people and their families.

Financial Resources

($000's)
by Fiscal Year
Forecast
Spending
2012-13
Planned
Spending
2013-14
Planned
Spending
2014-15
Planned
Spending
2015-16
Vote 1 – Salary and Personnel1 7,231 7,028 6,524 6,524
Vote 1 – Operating and Maintenance2 3,454 3,451 3,427 3,478
Sub-total Vote 1 10,685 10,479 9,951 10,002
Vote 5 – Capital 153 153 153 153
Grand Total 10,838 10,632 10,104 10,155
Corporate Account
Vote 1 – Crown Liabilities 256 260 264 268
Grand Total 11,094 10,892 10,368 10,423

Source: Office of the Judge Advocate General and Assistant Deputy Minister (Finance and Corporate Services) Group

* Due to rounding, figures may not add up to totals shown

Notes:

  1. Decrease to Salary and Personnel for FY 2012-13 and onwards is due to the Work Force Adjustment (WFA).
  2. Decrease in Operating and Maintenance for FY 2012-13 and onwards is due to Deficit Reduction Action Plan (DRAP).

Human Resources

Forecast
2012-13
Planned
2013-14
Planned
2014-15
Planned
2015-16
Regular Force Structure1 155 158 161 163
Civilian FTEs2 84 84 77 77
Primary Reserve Strength (Class A)3 55 55 55 55
Primary Reserve Strength (Class B)4 4 3 3 3
Primary Reserve Strength (Class C)5 0 0 0 0
Onsite Professional Services Contractors6 1 1 - -
TOTAL 299 301 296 298

Source: Office of the Judge Advocate General and Assistant Deputy Minister (Human Resources) Group

Notes:

  1. Planned number of Regular Force positions.
  2. Planned civilian Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) as of 1 Jan 2013.
  3. Planned number of Reserve Force positions
  4. Planned Class B Reserves as of 1 Jan 2013.
  5. Planned Class C Reserves as of 1 Jan 2013.
  6. Planned number of civilian contractors as of 1 Jan 2013.

1 Military law means all international and domestic law relating to the Canadian Armed Forces including its governance, administration and activities.

2 National Defence Act, sections 9.1, 9.2 and 9.3.