Judge Advocate General (Australia)

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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 M. J. Slattery RANR, appointed with effect from 30 July 2014. Justice Slattery's term of appointment is until 29 July 2017.[2]

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[edit]

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 (1985) 30 July 1987 (1987-07-30) [2]
2 AVM The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO, RFD Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia February 1988 (1988-02) 1992 (1992)
3 RADM The Hon. A. R. O. Rowlands AO, RFD, RANR Family Court of Australia 1992 (1992) 1996 (1996)
4 MAJGEN The Hon. Kevin Duggan AM, RFD Supreme Court of South Australia 1996 (1996) 2001 (2001)
5 MAJGEN The Hon. Len Roberts-Smith RFD Supreme Court of Western Australia June 2002 (2002-06) 2007 (2007)
6 MAJGEN The Hon. R. R. S. Tracey AM, RFD Federal Court of Australia 2007 (2007) 29 July 2014 (2014-07-29)
7 RADM The Hon. M. J. Slattery RANR Supreme Court of New South Wales 30 July 2014 (2014-07-30) 29 July 2017 (2017-07-29)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About the Judge Advocate General". Department of Defence. Australian Government. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "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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