National Defence Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. N-5)

Act current to 2016-11-21 and last amended on 2015-06-01. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Imprisonment for shorter term

 Every person who, on conviction of a service offence, is liable to imprisonment for life, other than as a minimum punishment, or for a term of years or other term may be sentenced to imprisonment for a shorter term.

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-5, s. 140;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 31 (1st Supp.), s. 60;
  • 1998, c. 35, s. 36.
Marginal note:Dismissal as accompanying punishment
  •  (1) Where a court martial imposes a punishment of imprisonment for life or for two years or more on an officer or a non-commissioned member, the court martial may in addition, notwithstanding any other provision of this Division, impose a punishment of dismissal with disgrace from Her Majesty’s service or a punishment of dismissal from Her Majesty’s service.

  • Marginal note:Dismissal as accompanying punishment

    (2) Where a court martial imposes a punishment of imprisonment for less than two years on an officer or a non-commissioned member, the court martial may in addition, notwithstanding any other provision of this Division, impose a punishment of dismissal from Her Majesty’s service.

  • 1998, c. 35, s. 36.
Marginal note:Reduction in rank as accompanying punishment

 Where a court martial imposes a punishment of imprisonment on an officer or a non-commissioned member, the court martial may in addition, notwithstanding any other provision of this Division, impose a punishment of reduction in rank, that may be

  • (a) in the case of an officer, to the lowest commissioned rank; and

  • (b) in the case of a non-commissioned member, to the lowest rank to which under the regulations the non-commissioned member can be reduced.

  • 1998, c. 35, s. 36.

 [Repealed, 2013, c. 24, s. 19]

 [Repealed, 2013, c. 24, s. 19]

Marginal note:Dismissal with disgrace
  •  (1) Where a service tribunal imposes a punishment of dismissal with disgrace from Her Majesty’s service on an officer or non-commissioned member, the service tribunal may in addition, notwithstanding any other provision of this Division, impose a punishment of imprisonment for less than two years.

  • Marginal note:Effective date of dismissal

    (1.1) A punishment of dismissal with disgrace from Her Majesty’s service or dismissal from Her Majesty’s service is deemed to be carried out as of the date on which the release of an officer or a non-commissioned member from the Canadian Forces is effected.

  • Marginal note:Consequences

    (2) A person on whom a punishment of dismissal with disgrace from Her Majesty’s service has been carried out is not, except in an emergency or unless that punishment is subsequently set aside or altered, eligible to serve Her Majesty again in any military or civil capacity.

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-5, s. 141;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 31 (1st Supp.), s. 60;
  • 1998, c. 35, ss. 37, 92.
Marginal note:Detention
  •  (1) The punishment of detention is subject to the following conditions:

    • (a) detention may not exceed ninety days and a person sentenced to detention may not be subject to detention for more than ninety days consecutively by reason of more than one conviction; and

    • (b) no officer may be sentenced to detention.

  • Marginal note:Reduction in rank during detention

    (2) If a non-commissioned member above the rank of private is sentenced to detention, that person is deemed, for the period of the detention, to be reduced to the rank of private.

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-5, s. 142;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 31 (1st Supp.), s. 60;
  • 1998, c. 35, s. 38.
Marginal note:Reduction in rank
  •  (1) The punishment of reduction in rank applies to officers above the rank of second lieutenant and to non-commissioned members above the rank of private.

  • Marginal note:Restrictions

    (2) The punishment of reduction in rank does not

    • (a) involve reduction to a rank lower than that to which under regulations the offender can be reduced; and

    • (b) in the case of a commissioned officer, involve reduction to a rank lower than commissioned rank.

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-5, s. 143;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 31 (1st Supp.), s. 60.
Marginal note:Forfeiture of seniority

 Where a court martial imposes a punishment of forfeiture of seniority on an officer or non-commissioned member, the court martial shall in passing sentence specify the period for which seniority is to be forfeited.

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-5, s. 144;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 31 (1st Supp.), s. 60;
  • 1998, c. 35, s. 39.
Marginal note:Fine
  •  (1) A fine must be imposed in a stated amount.

  • Marginal note:Terms of payment

    (2) The terms of payment of a fine are in the discretion of the service tribunal that imposes the fine.

  • Marginal note:Variation of terms of payment

    (3) The terms of payment of a fine may be varied, in the case of a summary trial, by the officer who conducted the trial, and in the case of a court martial, by the military judge who imposed the fine or a military judge designated by the Chief Military Judge.

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-5, s. 145;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 31 (1st Supp.), s. 60;
  • 1998, c. 35, s. 39.
Marginal note:Civil enforcement of fines
  •  (1) If an offender is in default of payment of a fine, the Minister may, in addition to any other method provided by law for recovering the fine, by filing the conviction, enter as a judgment the amount of the fine and costs, if any, in any court in Canada that has jurisdiction to enter a judgment for that amount.

  • Marginal note:Effect of filing order

    (2) A judgment that is entered under this section is enforceable in the same manner as if it were a judgment obtained by the Minister in civil proceedings.

  • 2013, c. 24, s. 21.
Marginal note:Minor punishments

 Minor punishments shall be such as are prescribed in regulations made by the Governor in Council.

  • R.S., c. N-4, s. 125.
Marginal note:Limitation

 The authority of a service tribunal to impose punishments may be limited in accordance with regulations made by the Governor in Council.

  • R.S., c. N-4, s. 125.

Prohibition Orders

Marginal note:Prohibition order
  •  (1) Where a person is convicted by a court martial of an offence

    • (a) in the commission of which violence against a person was used, threatened or attempted,

    • (b) that involves, or the subject-matter of which is, a firearm, a cross-bow, a prohibited weapon, a restricted weapon, a prohibited device, any ammunition, any prohibited ammunition or an explosive substance,

    • (c) relating to the contravention of any of sections 5 to 7 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, or

    • (d) that is punishable under section 130 and that is described in paragraph 109(1)(b) of the Criminal Code,

    the court martial shall, in addition to any other punishment that may be imposed for that offence, consider whether it is desirable, in the interests of the safety of the person or of any other person, to make an order prohibiting the person from possessing any firearm, cross-bow, prohibited weapon, restricted weapon, prohibited device, ammunition, prohibited ammunition or explosive substance, or all such things, and where the court martial decides that it is so desirable, the court martial shall so order.

  • Marginal note:Duration of prohibition order

    (2) An order made under subsection (1) begins on the day the order is made and ends on the day specified in the order.

  • Marginal note:Application of order

    (3) Unless it specifies otherwise, an order made under subsection (1) does not prohibit an officer or a non-commissioned member from possessing any thing necessary for the perform­ance of their duties.

  • Marginal note:Notification

    (4) A court martial that makes an order under subsection (1) shall without delay cause the Registrar of Firearms appointed under section 82 of the Firearms Act to be notified of the order.

  • 1995, c. 39, s. 176;
  • 1996, c. 19, s. 83.1;
  • 2012, c. 1, s. 50;
  • 2013, c. 24, s. 22.
 
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