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Naval Discipline Act 1957

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Powers of civil courts and authorities as to deserters and absentees

108Deserters and absentees surrendering to police

(1)Where a person surrenders himself to a constable as being a person who is illegally absent from any of Her Majesty's naval forces, the constable shall, unless that person surrenders himself at a police station, bring him to a police station.

(2)The officer of police in charge of a police station at which a person has surrendered himself as aforesaid, or to which a person who has so surrendered himself is brought, shall forthwith inquire into the case; and if it appears to that officer that the said person is illegally absent as aforesaid he may cause him to be delivered into naval custody without bringing him before a court of summary jurisdiction or may bring him before such a court.

109Proceedings before summary courts

(1)Where a person who is brought before a court of summary jurisdiction as being illegally absent from any of Her Majesty's naval forces admits that he is so absent and the court is satisfied of the truth of the admission, the court may in any case, and shall unless he is in custody for some other cause, forthwith either—

(a)cause him to be delivered into naval custody in such manner as the court may think fit; or

(b)commit him to some prison, police station or other place provided for the confinement of persons in custody, to be kept there for such reasonable time as the court may specify (not exceeding such time as appears to the court reasonably necessary for the purpose of enabling him to be delivered into naval custody) or until sooner delivered into naval custody.

(2)Any time specified by the court under the foregoing subsection may be extended by the court from time to time if it appears to the court reasonably necessary so to do for the purpose mentioned in that subsection.

(3)Where a person who is brought as aforesaid does not admit that he is illegally absent as aforesaid, or does so admit but the court is not satisfied of the truth of the admission, the court shall consider the evidence and any statement of the accused, and thereupon—

(a)if the court is satisfied that he is subject to this Act and is of opinion that there is sufficient evidence to justify his being tried under Part II of this Act for an offence of desertion, absence without leave or improperly leaving his ship or place of duty, the court may in any case, and shall unless he is in custody for some other cause, either cause him to be delivered into naval custody or commit him as provided by subsection (1) of this section;

(b)in any other case the court shall, unless he is in custody for some other cause, discharge him. (4) The following provisions of the Magistrates' Courts Act, 1952, that is to say the provisions relating to the constitution and procedure of courts of summary jurisdiction acting as examining justices and conferring powers of adjournment and remand on such courts so acting, and the provisions as to evidence and the issue and enforcement of summonses or warrants to secure the attendance of witnesses, shall apply to any proceedings under this section; and for the purposes of any such proceedings, a certificate purporting to be signed by the officer in command of any of Her Majesty's ships or naval establishments and stating that a person is subject to this Act and is illegally absent as aforesaid shall be evidence of the matters so stated.

110Certificates of arrest or surrender

(1)Where an officer of police causes any person to be delivered into naval custody under section one hundred and eight of this Act without being brought before a court of summary jurisdiction, there shall be handed over with that person a certificate in the prescribed form signed by the officer of police, containing a statement of the fact, date, time and place of surrender and whether or not the said person was at the time of surrender wearing the uniform of any of Her Majesty's naval forces.

(2)Where a court of summary jurisdiction causes any person to be delivered into naval custody under section one hundred and nine of this Act, or any person is so delivered after having been committed under that section, there shall be handed over with him a certificate in the prescribed form, signed by a justice of the peace, containing—

(a)a statement of the fact, date, time and place of arrest or surrender, and whether or not the said person was. at the time of arrest or surrender, wearing the uniform of any of Her Majesty's naval forces ; and

(b)such particulars of the proceedings before the court as may be prescribed; and for any such certificate there shall be payable to the clerk of the court, by such person as the Admiralty may direct, such fee (if any) as may be prescribed.

(3)In this section " prescribed " means prescribed by regulations made by the Admiralty by statutory instrument.

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