Military judge to be appointed

The process of appointing a military judge to deal with offences committed by army personnel will begin today — with a backlog of 23 cases already in the system.

The process of appointing a military judge to deal with offences committed by army personnel will begin today — with a backlog of 23 cases already in the system.

No courts martial took place in the second half of 2011 and, again so far this year, due to the vacancy not being filled.

A Department of Defence spokesperson yesterday confirmed a competition for the appointment of a military judge will be advertised by the Public Appointments Service today.

“The selection and appointment process, once initiated, will take some eight weeks or so to complete allowing for advertisement, receipt of applications, interviews and the formal appointment procedure,” said the spokesperson.

In the first half of 2010, the last period in which courts martial were heard, 12 members of the army faced court martial while another three cases were appealed.

Eight members of the forces underwent summary court martial on charges which included going absent without leave, alleged desertion and behaving in a disorderly manner while under the influence of an intoxicant.

Another three members faced charges under the more serious limited court martial process, including one case in which a private — who faced 10 different charges — was found not guilty of sexual assault.

It is understood any army personnel awaiting one of the 23 courts martial to be tackled by the new judge has continued to serve in the Defence Forces.


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