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Ottawa Launches Independent Review of Canada’s Beleaguered Military Justice System

OTTAWA—Former Supreme Court justice Morris Fish has been tapped to lead an independent review of Canada’s military-justice system, which is struggling with a variety of challenges—including over its handling of sexual-assault cases and treatment of victims. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced Fish’s appointment on Monday as he launched the review, which is required by law about every 10 years to ensure the justice regime is meeting the needs of both Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces. “Efforts have been underway for some time to prepare for the next independent review,” Sajjan said in a statement, adding Fish “will examine the military-justice system and provide recommendations on how we can continue to evolve the system so it reflects current Canadian values.” Fish, who served on the Supreme Court from 2003 to 2013, has until June 2021 to table his final report in Parliament. The mandatory review comes at a critical time …