Canadian Military Judiciary

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There are four (4) full-time military judges and a Court Martial Administrator. The Chief Military Judge wears the rank of Colonel. The three other judges serve in the rank of lieutenant-colonel.

One of the military judges’ position is currently vacant. There were a total of 47 courts martial last year. (On average there are between 65 and 70 courts martial per year.) This means that last year, the three remaining military judges presided each over an average of 15 courts martial.

• This extraordinary low workload cannot possibly justify the significant expenditures to create and operate a separate judiciary.

• The importance of cost-saving measures and efficiency improvements alone suggests that the time has come to eliminate these courts of exception and to transfer their jurisdictions to civilian courts.

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