The Supreme Court agrees to consider the independence of military judges

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Supreme Court agrees to review independence of military judges

The highest court in the land will settle a long-running dispute involving ex-chief of staff Jonathan Vance, among others.

The Court Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to rule on the actual independence of military judges.

The highest court in the land announced its decision Thursday morning in response to an appeal from several members whose criminal cases are pending.

As usual, the court provided no reason or explanation for its decision to hear the case, the genesis of which dates back to 2018, when the chief military judge was charged. of fraud.

Although the case against Colonel Mario Dutil was ultimately dropped, this case nevertheless triggered a series of events, including a confrontation between the other military judges and then-Chief of Staff General Jonathan Vance.

General Jonathan Vance served as the Chief of Staff for all of the Canadian Armed Forces from July 2015 to January 2021.

Four military judges had thus ruled in several cases that they could not be considered independent because General Vance had assigned the responsibility of trying military judges to another senior officer, whom he himself had appointed.

However, according to the judges already in place, this order violated their own independence and thus compromised the right of the accused soldiers to a fair trial and fair.

The Supreme Court's decision to hear the case comes as the military justice system faces significant challenges and repeated appeals for you don't reform.