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Armed Forces Act 2006

Armed Forces Act 2006

2006 CHAPTER 52


Where the Notes above do not give an explanation, a brief explanation is given in the second column of the table below. Where an explanation is given in the Notes above, the third column of the table refers to the relevant paragraph. (In some of these cases a brief explanation is also given in the second column.)

the 1964 ActThe Criminal Procedure (Insanity) Act 1964
the 1968 ActThe Courts-Martial (Appeals) Act 1968, renamed by the Act as the Court Martial Appeals Act 1968
the 1980 ActThe Reserve Forces Act 1980
the 1983 ActThe Mental Health Act 1983
the 1989 ActThe Children Act 1989
the 1991 ActThe Armed Forces Act 1991
the 1995 ActThe Criminal Appeal Act 1995
the 1996 ActThe Reserve Forces Act 1996
the 2003 ActThe Criminal Justice Act 2003
associated offenceNote on section 242
the British IslandsThe United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands
British overseas territoriesFormerly known as dependent territories, for example Gibraltar, Bermuda and the Falkland Islands
civilian subject to service disciplineNotes on section 370 and Schedule 15
commanding officer (CO)Broadly speaking, an officer appointed with powers of command or discipline over any members of the armed forces; for any purpose of the Act, an officer identified for that purpose under Defence Council RegulationsNotes on section 360
court administration officerNotes on section 363
the Court MartialParagraphs 18 and 19
the Court Martial Appeal Court (CMAC)The court formerly called the Courts-Martial Appeal Court
criminal conduct offencesOffences under the Act corresponding to offences against the criminal law of England and WalesParagraph 6 and notes on section 42
desertion and absence without leaveNotes on sections 8 and 9
disciplinary offencesParagraph 6
the Director of Service Prosecutions (DSP)The person tasked under the Act with the conduct of prosecutions before service courts
enemyAll persons engaged in armed operations against any of Her Majesty’s forces or against any force cooperating with any of her Majesty’s forces; all pirates; all armed mutineers, armed rebels and armed rioters.Notes on section 1
higher authorityNotes on section 361
judge advocateA person appointed for the purposes of adjudicating in service courtsParagraph 8 and see the definition in section 362
the Military Corrective Training Centre (MCTC)Located at Colchester, this facility is used for holding those sentenced to service detention or in service custody.
mutinyNotes on section 6
PACEThe Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
the regular forcesThe Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the regular army and the Royal Air Force
the reserve forcesThe Royal Fleet Reserve, the Royal Naval Reserve, the Royal Marines Reserve, The Army Reserve, the Territorial Army, the Royal Air Force Reserve and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force
the Sentencing Actthe Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000
the Service Civilian Court (SCC)A service court for hearing charges against civilians subject to service disciplineParagraph 19
service detentionA sentence served either in the MCTC or in unit facilities
the Service Discipline Acts (SDAs)Paragraph 5
service living accommodationDefined in section 96
service offencesDefined in section 50
service policeParagraph 12
service supervision and punishment orderNotes on section 173
standing ordersNotes on section 13
subject to service lawBroadly speaking relates to members of the armed forces; when a member of the armed forces is subject to service law he or she is subject to most of the provisions of the ActNotes on sections 367 to 369, and see definition of the expression in section 367
the Summary Appeal Court (SAC)Paragraph 8

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