The Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is an office created by the Defence Force Discipline Act (1982), held by a judge or former judge of a Federal Court or a State Supreme Court. The appointment of JAG is made by the Governor-General-in-Council. The JAG may make procedural rules for tribunals that operate within the Air Force, Army, and Navy, provide the final legal review of proceedings within the ADF, participate in the appointment of Judge Advocates, Defence Force Magistrates, Presidents and members of courts martial, and legal officers for various purposes, and reporting upon the operation of laws relating to the discipline of the ADF.
The JAG is assisted by three Deputy Judge Advocates General (DJAG), one for each Service:
The following individuals have been appointed as Judge Advocate General of the Australian Defence Force:
|Order||Name||Organisation||Term start||Term end||Notes|
|1||MAJGEN The Hon. Robert Mohr RFD, ED||Supreme Court of South Australia||1985||30 July 1987|||
|2||AVM The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO, RFD||Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia||February 1988||1992|
|3||RADM The Hon. Alwynne Rowlands AO, RFD, RANR||Family Court of Australia||1992||1996|
|4||MAJGEN The Hon. Kevin Duggan AM, RFD||Supreme Court of South Australia||1996||2001|
|5||MAJGEN The Hon. Len Roberts-Smith RFD||Supreme Court of Western Australia||June 2002||2007|
|6||MAJGEN The Hon. Richard Tracey AM, RFD||Federal Court of Australia||2007||29 July 2014|
|7||RADM The Hon. Michael Slattery AM, RANR||Supreme Court of New South Wales||30 July 2014|
A Judge Advocate General is a principal judicial officer for a military branch or the armed forces at large, typically the most senior judge advocate.
Relevant articles include:
Judge Advocate General's Corps, a military branch of service concerned with military law
Judge Advocate General (Australia)
Judge Advocate General (Canada)
Defence Judge Advocate Corps (Denmark)
Judge Advocate General (India)
Military Advocate General (Israel)
Judge Advocate General Branch (Pakistan)
Judge Advocate General (Sri Lanka)
Judge Advocate General (United Kingdom)
Judge Advocate General's Corps (United States) which is the judicial arm of any of the United States armed forces:
Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Army
Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy
U.S. Marine Corps Judge Advocate Division
Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Air Force
U.S. Coast Guard Legal DivisionSupreme Court of New South Wales
The Supreme Court of New South Wales is the highest state court of the Australian State of New South Wales. It has unlimited jurisdiction within the state in civil matters, and hears the most serious criminal matters. Whilst the Supreme Court is the highest New South Wales court in the Australian court hierarchy, an appeal by special leave can be made to the High Court of Australia.
Matters of appeal can be submitted to the New South Wales Court of Appeal and Court of Criminal Appeal, both of which are constituted by members of the Supreme Court, in the case of the Court of Appeal from those who have been commissioned as judges of appeal.
The Supreme Court consists of 52 permanent judges, including the Chief Justice of New South Wales, presently Tom Bathurst, the President of the Court of Appeal, 11 Judges of Appeal, the Chief Judge at Common Law, and the Chief Judge in Equity.
The Supreme Court building is physically located in Queen's Square, Sydney, New South Wales.
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