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Armed Forces Act 2006

Section 355: Service of process

727.This section gives the Secretary of State power to make regulations allowing the service of process on “relevant persons” in connection with prescribed proceedings. “Relevant persons” are defined as members of the regular forces, members of the reserve forces who are subject to service law (unless they are so subject on account of undertaking any training or duty) and civilians subject to service discipline (subsection (3)). The regulations may determine when service of process on a person’s CO will count as service on the person himself and when service of process has no effect (subsection (2)), for example when the CO certifies that the person is under orders for active service and that, in the CO’s opinion, there is not enough time for the person to attend the hearing and return.

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