Code of Justice

1.            Fleet Law applies to all Fleet Members. The Office of the Judge Advocate-General has the duty to apply Fleet Law in a fair and equitable manner.

2.            The Judge Advocate-General is the Head of the Office and administers and manages the Office. From time to time, and with the consent of Joint Fleet Command, the JAG may appoint a Deputy Judge Advocate-General, and Assistant Judge Advocates-General to assist in the management of the Office.

3.            The JAG is a permanent member of the Office who enjoys security of tenure and cannot be removed from Office unless they resign, go on an extended unexplained leave of absence, are removed for gross professional misconduct, are convicted of a standard offense, or they are removed by a vote of non-confidence by Fleet Council. Other members of the Office are not permanent and enjoy security of tenure when involved in a case or Trial. While holding security of tenure when they are involved in a case or a Trail, they may be removed for Office in the same manner as the JAG.  In the event of the JAG being removed from Office, Incapacitated or on a Leave of Absence, Joint Fleet Command shall appoint a person or commission to exercise the powers of the JAG, who shall have tenure for the duration of the appointment.
4.            The JAG shall have authority to issue standing orders and instruction to regulate the powers, duties, and responsibilities of the Office, subject to the Fleet Constitution and the Code of Justice.

5.            The Fleet Courts are the means through which the Office adjudicates disputes, administers justice, and reviews the legislative, executive, and disciplinary acts of the Fleet. The Fleet Courts shall be composed of the following Courts:

a.       The Administrative Court

b.      The Disciplinary Court

c.       The Court of Appeals
6.            The Administrative Court that has jurisdiction to hear cases that are related to the executive acts of the Fleet (including Strikes related to administrative matters), once the chain of commands has been exhausted, and legislative acts. The Disciplinary Court has jurisdiction to hear cases which relate to Standard Offences, Strikes related to disciplinary matters, and other disciplinary matters, once the chain of command has been exhausted. The Court of Appeals has jurisdiction to hear appeals of the Disciplinary Court where there was a misapplication of the law, and to hear Reference Questions from members of the Fleet Council.


7.            The judgements of the Administrative Court and the Disciplinary Court are to be treated as strongly persuasive but are not binding precedent. The judgements of the Court of Appeals are binding precedent and are to be followed until overruled or altered by the Court of Appeals again.


8.            The JAG is the senior judicial officer of the Fleet and the President of the Fleet Courts and is responsible for composition and operation of the Fleet Courts. They may appoint other qualified Fleet Members to serve on the Fleet Courts from time to time.


9.            The JAG shall be responsible for training, appointment, and management of Fleet Advocates and may determine their status, powers and duties.

10.          The Code of Justice may be amended by the Fleet Council upon consultation with the JAG.

Note: Modified 20 December 2014 in conjunction with Fleet Council Measure 60