Judge Advocate General and Deputy Judge Advocate Generals
The Judge Advocate General (JAG) makes procedural rules for service tribunals, participates in the appointment of Judge Advocates, Defence Force Magistrates, and also legal officers for various purposes, and reports to the Minister for Defence annually on the operation of the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982. The JAG is assisted administratively by the Chief Judge Advocate and Registrar of Military Justice. The JAG must be, or have been, a Justice or Judge of a federal court or the Supreme Court of a State or Territory. One or more Deputy JAGs (DJAGs) may be appointed to assist the JAG. A DJAG must be, or have been, a Justice or Judge of a federal court or the Supreme Court of a State or Territory or an enrolled legal practitioner of not less than five years standing. Both offices may be filled by a person who is also a member of the ADF or an active Reservist.
Type of Body
E. Statutory Office Holder Offices and Committees
Established By / Under
Act / Regulation
Established By/Under More info
Defence Force Discipline Act 1982, section 179
Annual Report Prepared and tabled?
31 December 1982
Current single executive appointments
|Position||Appointee||Start Date||End Date|
|Deputy Judge Advocate General||Commodore Jack Rush QC RFD RANR||9 March 2017||29 July 2019|
|Deputy Judge Advocate General – Army||Brigadier His Honour Stuart Durward SC||9 March 2017||9 March 2019|
|Deputy Judge Advocate General – Air Force||Air Commodore His Honour Gordon Lerve||8 May 2017||17 May 2022|
|Judge Advocate General||RADM the Hon Justice Michael Slattery RANR||9 March 2017||9 March 2024|