Constitutional Affairs Committee

Press notice No.8 of Session 2005-06
16 November 2005


Constitutional Affairs Committee to take evidence from the Judge Advocate General

The Constitutional Affairs Committee, chaired by Rt Hon Alan Beith MP, has agreed to hold an evidence session into the work of the Office of the Judge Advocate General, the body responsible for the conduct of proceedings at Courts Martial for the Army and Royal Air Force, appointing civilian judge advocates and monitoring the military criminal justice system.

The Committee will focus on the operations and future role of the Office of the Judge Advocate General and its relationship with the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

Details of the evidence session are as follows:

Tuesday 29 November, The Grimond Room, Portcullis House 4.15pm
His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett, Judge Advocate General

1. The Office of the Judge Advocate General falls under the responsibility of the Department for Constitutional Affairs. The appointment is made by the Sovereign by Letters Patent. The Judge Advocate General (JAG) appoints judge advocates to conduct proceedings at Service Courts and judicial officers to hear custody applications and applications for search warrants. The JAG does not operate courtrooms; staff hearings; summon witnesses; or guard defendants-this is carried out by bodies under the Ministry of Defence
2. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon Alan Beith MP (Chairman), James Brokenshire MP, David Howarth MP, Barbara Keeley MP, Mr Piara S Khabra MP, Jessica Morden MP, Julie Morgan MP, Mr Andrew Tyrie MP, Keith Vaz MP, Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Jeremy Wright MP
3. Transcripts of all the Committee's public sessions are made available (usually within 5 working days) on the Reports and Publications page of the Committee's website: