Men and women in the Armed Forces, and those closest to them, need access to independent, expert legal advice, advocacy and representation when dealing with serious bullying, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, sexual or other serious violence or worse.
Bereaved military families suffer a lack of specialist legal expertise when dealing with the aftermath of a service death.
Serious bullying, harassment, discrimination and poor welfare provision (particularly for people who have suffered sexual violence) continue to present serious challenges for the Armed Forces. For an overview of the extent of the problem, see our leaflet ‘At a Glance’, under Guides, above.
Until the Centre for Military Justice was established, there was no expert organisation to meet the needs of these people. We are independent of government, the Armed Forces and any political party. We exist to help people affected by any or all of the above situations.
We also undertake education and outreach within the Armed Forces community, challenging myths and misconceptions about human rights and the rule of law. Our work relies on the Human Rights Act, the Equality Act and public law, all of which benefits the military community.
We were founded in 2019 and our founding chair was Des James, one of the Deepcut fathers, whose daughter Cheryl died at Deepcut barracks in Surrey in 1995. In 2021 we were nominated for a Soldiering On Award in recognition of our work on diversity and inclusion in Defence.
The Centre for Military Justice is a small but growing charity and we rely on generous donations to carry out our vital work. We know that not everyone has the means to help us financially, but for those that do, we can say that every single penny counts.
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