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      Relevant Decisions Decisions of the Court-Martial Appeal Court, Supreme Court and House of Lords and, if possible, first instance. Contributions welcomed.

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      Court-Martial System - Changes

      History The background to the changes, the abolition of the convening officer, the creation of the independent Army Prosecuting Authority, the Summary Appeal Court, custody hearings, greater role for judges advocate, unduly lenient sentences, membership of courts-martial, wasted costs etc.
      Useful publications for practitioners.

      Court-Martial System - Further Changes (1)

      Armed Forces Discipline Act 2000 Introduced changes to the summary dealing process, including bail and the right to appeal the CO's finding and/or award to a compliant tribunal

      Court-Martial System - Further Changes (2)

      Armed Forces Act 2001 Details of the provisions that are in force, with links to relevant SIs. This is an important piece of legislation and introduces, among other things, powers of stop and search and entry search and seizure, wasted costs, appeal against unduly lenient sentences.

      Court-Martial System - Further Changes (3)

      Armed Forces Act 2006 This legislation effected major change to the three services' disciplinary and administrative systems by "harmonising" them. There is now one body of law for offences and a new system for dealing with redress of individual grievances. It is a most significant piece of legislation. The link leads to the explanatory notes to the Act.

      Court-Martial System - Further Changes (4)

      Armed Forces Act 2011 Legislation introducing the Armed Forces Covenant and some minor changes to the 2006 Act.

      Court-Martial System - Further Changes (5)

      Armed Forces Act 2016 Minor changes to the 2006 Act, eg dealing with DSPA charging and alcohol and drugs tests.

      Court-Martial System - Military Trial

          What Happens Layout of the court, dress before, how to address the judge advocate.

          Court-Martial System -Types of Military Court

              The Three Main Types Explanations of the three main types of military court (the court-martial; Summary Appeal Court and the Standing Civilian Court) composition and applicable rules.

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                Links Index

                Index Group Headings of Links on this page, as detailed below
                Military Both Legal and Non-Legal Links
                UK Courts-Martial Changes Made. Summary of Procedures before. Pointers and links for practitioners.
                Types of Military Court Descriptions of the General Court-Martial; District Court-Martial; Summary Appeal Court and Standing Civilian Court. Useful advice for defence practitioners.
                International Both Military and Non-Military Legal Links, including Human Rights and Geneva Law materials.
                Non-UK Domestic A few links of general interest.
                UK Legal Domestic Links Lawyer search tools, judgments published on the web, links to legal publishers and other sites of interest.
                Operational Links to Op Law texts (including Geneva conventions)
                Other Useful Links Some for amusement
                Next Assignment Vacancies for ex-Military Lawyers
                Quick Links Quick reference for Courts-Martial Practitioners
                Faq Our frequently asked questions
                Search Multiple search options: site search; case database search; publication search and internet search

                Military Justice Handbook

                Options A practical and very readable guide to the Service Justice System. Ideal for court martial practitioners, commanding officers and law students

                Military News

                Latest news What is happening in the military legal world

                News Page

                The Press Latest stories from the press and media, updated regularly

                Quicklinks

                    Practitioner Links Links for the Court-Martial Practitioner, from access to the Manual of Service Law to the key legislation, Sentencing Guides and other important documents.

                    Reading List

                        Aspals List A list of interesting articles relating to international and military legal matters

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                            Sounding Board - Discontinued

                                Archive Older Sounding Board Queries and comments may be found here. The archive will be removed in the event of shortage of web space.

                                War Crimes

                                    1 QLR The prosecutions resulting from the death of Baha Musa and the infliction of injury on other Iraqi prisoners in QLR custody with him.
                                    1 RRF The first trials of British soldiers for abuse of Iraqi prisoners and the only ones to result in convictions.
                                    Marines 'A', 'B', and 'C' Captured Taliban fighter, murdered in Afghanistan by Marine 'A'.
                                    Wheelhouse and Leader Captured suspected Taliban fighter, Mohammad Ekhlas, struck with rigid rubber boot.

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