THE STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS
Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Tables Report on National Defence Act (court martial)
Ottawa, May 6, 2009 - The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs tabled its report Equal Justice: Reforming Canada’s System of Courts Martial yesterday.
The committee received an order of reference to study the provisions and operation of An Act to amend the National Defence Act (court martial) following the quick passage of Bill C-60 through the House of Commons and the Senate that received Royal Assent on June 18, 2008.
The report Equal Justice: Reforming Canada’s System of Courts Martial contains nine recommendations (attached) to bring the military justice system more closely in line with the civilian justice system.
“We felt it was important to examine the Act in the spirit of the Charter, of equality under the law. Civilian and military personnel should be treated equally by the justice system, and not disadvantaged by their decision to serve in the military,” said Senator Joan Fraser, Chair of the committee.
“The committee was careful to recognize and respect the military’s unique culture, role and need to preserve discipline while examining its justice system, and our recommendations reflect this,” said Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, Deputy Chair of the committee.
For a copy of the report, or to find out more about the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, please visit www.senate-senat.ca/LEG-JUR.asp.
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