Judge Advocate General (Australia)

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.[1]

The current Judge Advocate General is Rear Admiral the Hon. Justice Michael Slattery, appointed with effect from 30 July 2014.

The JAG is assisted by three Deputy Judge Advocates General (DJAG), one for each Service:

  • DJAG – Navy
  • DJAG – Army
  • DJAG – Air Force

List of Judge Advocates General

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]
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

See also


  1. ^ "About the Judge Advocate General". Department of Defence. Australian Government. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Report for the period 1 January to 31 December 2014" (PDF). Department of Defence. Australian Government. 2015. p. 2. ISSN 0817-9956. Retrieved 18 January 2016.

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Judge Advocate General

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 Division

Supreme 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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