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Armed Forces Act 2006

Section 309: Offences of misbehaviour in court etc

609.Subsection (1) specifies the misbehaviour that constitutes the offence. This includes disruptive behaviour in court, failure of a party or witness to assist the court, and intimidation of witnesses or court members.

610.Subsections (2) and (3) specify the punishments which may be awarded (summarily) by the judge advocate.

611.Subsection (4) provides that the court may revoke an order committing the offender to service custody and, if he is already in custody, to discharge him. This allows the judge advocate to bring a punishment under this section to an end if the offender gives an appropriate apology.

612.Subsection (5) specifies the service courts that have jurisdiction under this section.

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