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The Courts-Martial (Army) Rules 1997

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Guilty plea

46.—(1) If the accused pleads guilty to a charge, the judge advocate shall, if it appears necessary to him and before the court accepts the plea, satisfy himself that the accused understands—

(a)the nature of the charge;

(b)the general effect of the plea; and

(c)the difference in procedure following pleas of guilty and not guilty.

(2) The court shall not accept a plea of guilty if—

(a)the judge advocate, having regard to all the circumstances, considers that the court should not accept the plea; or

(b)the accused is liable, if convicted, to a sentence of death.

(3) Where—

(a)a plea of guilty is not accepted by the court; or

(b)the accused does not plead to the charge or does not plead to it intelligibly,

the court shall enter a plea of not guilty.

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