About the Judge Advocate General

The office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) was created by the Defence Force Discipline Act1982 (DFDA).The holder of the office must be a judge of a Federal Court or a State Supreme Court.The functions of the JAG prescribed in the DFDA include making procedural rules for Service tribunals, providing the final legal review of proceedings within the ADF, participating 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 office of the JAG and its functions are indicative of the Legislature'sdesire for an appropriate oversight of the operation of the DFDA.

The JAG also plays a role in the promotion of the jurisprudential welfare and education of the ADF together with the exercise of a beneficial influence upon the legal structure within it.The JAG does not act as a general legal adviser to the ADF as that would be inconsistent with judicial office.This latter role is reserved for the Director General of The Defence Legal Service (DGTDLS).

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