Legal Branch

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Legal Branch
Country Canada
Branch Canadian Armed Forces personnel branch
Type Legal Branch
Role deal with Canadian Forces' legal affairs
Motto(s) Latin: Fiat justitia "Let Justice Prevail"
March "Hymn to Freedom" [1]
Colonel-in-Chief Elizabeth II

The Legal Branch (French: Branche des services légaux) is a personnel branch of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). It primarily deals with the Canadian Forces' legal affairs. Unlike most branches, legal officers are accepted only through the Direct-Entry Training Program, and must have a degree in law as well as be a member of a Canadian provincial Bar.[2]


Military Law Centre[edit]

The Military Law Centre on the grounds of the Royal Military College of Canada in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu QC which is staffed with nine military lawyers, oversees the education of officers and troops in legal matters ranging from the Forces' own code of conduct to the laws of war. It trains military lawyers and advises Ottawa on matters of policy and doctrine. The centre integrates legal education into the regular training that Forces members undergo and establishes its growing importance within the military hierarchy.[3]

Selected RMC cadets participate in Law Of Armed Conflict international Competitions each fall with cadets from USAFA, USMA, USNA, and USCGA. In the Spring of 2008, RMC cadets were selected to participate in a competition on the Law of Armed Conflict at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, Italy.

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Preceded by
Canadian Forces Military Police
Legal Branch Succeeded by
Band Branch