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Armed Forces Act 2006

Section 185: Conditional or absolute discharge

383.This section defines a conditional discharge and an absolute discharge. Conditional discharge is available only for civilian offenders (see Schedule 3, paragraph 1(1) for the sentencing powers of the Court Martial in relation to civilians, and section 282 for those of the SCC). Absolute discharge is available for civilians and also for persons previously subject to service law (under Schedule 3, paragraph 3(1)).

384.Subsection (1) defines a conditional discharge as an order discharging the offender on condition that he commits no further service offence during a specified period. Under subsection (2) the maximum period that can be specified is the same as that for which a civilian court in England and Wales can impose a conditional discharge (currently three years).

385.An absolute discharge is defined in subsection (3) as an order that discharges the offender absolutely (i.e. without conditions).

386.Subsection (4) prohibits a conditional or absolute discharge from being combined with any other punishment, except a service compensation order.

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