Judge Advocate General

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This page is about the British Judge Advocate General. For the U.S. Judge Advocate General's Corps, see here.

The following article was lifted straight from the 1894 edition of Haydn's Book of Dignities and needs updating.

The Judge Advocate General and Judge Martial of all the Forces is an officer of considerable responsibility. He is the legal adviser of the Sovereign and of the commander-in-chief in military cases, and by his authority all general courts-martial are held. In his office are deposited the originals of all such proceedings, and on his receipt of them they are examined, and either deposited as correct, or communicated upon, or submitted by the Judge Advocate General to Her Majesty for royal approval, or for pardon, or revision, as, in the opinion of this officer, the case may require. The office has been for many years a political one, the holder resigning on a change of ministry.

Judge Advocates General

Down to 1847 the dates are those of actual entrance upon office, not of the appointment, which is usually a few days earlier; or of the patent, commonly some days later than those adopted in this list. After 1847 the dates are those of the Gazette notices of the appointment.

Source: Haydn's Book of Dignities, 12th ed. (1894; reprinted 1969)

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