The Courts-Martial (Royal Air Force) Rules 1997

  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART I PRELIMINARY

    1. 1.Citation and commencement

    2. 2.Interpretation

    3. 3.Service on an accused

  3. PART II PROSECUTION OF OFFENCES

    1. 4.Referring a case to the prosecuting authority

    2. 5.Formal preliminary examination

    3. 6.Conduct of formal preliminary examination

    4. 7.Charge sheet

    5. 8.Charges and joinder

    6. 9.Notifying the accused’s commanding officer

    7. 10.Notifying the court administration officer

    8. 11.Notification of trial

    9. 12.Discontinuing proceedings before trial

    10. 13.Description of the court-martial

    11. 14.Amending charges and additional charges before trial

  4. PART III GENERAL MATTERS

    1. 15.Conduct of the defence

    2. 16.Convening the court

    3. 17.Ineligibility for membership of courts-martial

    4. 18.Appointment of court officials

    5. 19.Delegation of the court administration officer’s functions

    6. 20.Additional evidence before trial

    7. 21.Witness not called by the prosecutor

    8. 22.Witnesses for the accused

    9. 23.Witness summons

    10. 24.Oaths and affirmations

  5. PART IV PRELIMINARY PROCEEDINGS

    1. 25.Hearing for directions

    2. 26.Hearing for directions in chambers

    3. 27.Substance of a hearing for directions

    4. 28.Hearing for directions without notice to the accused

    5. 29.Preparatory hearing

    6. 30.Challenges and oaths at a preparatory hearing

    7. 31.Substance of a preparatory hearing

  6. PART V PROCEEDINGS AT COURT-MARTIAL

    1. 32.The judge advocate

    2. 33.The president

    3. 34.Sittings and adjournment

    4. 35.Record of proceedings

    5. 36.Closed court

    6. 37.Pre-trial hearing

    7. 38.Challenges and oaths at a pre-trial hearing

    8. 39.Substance of a pre-trial hearing

    9. 40.Challenges by the accused

    10. 41.Administration of oaths and affirmations

    11. 42.Commencement of the trial

    12. 43.Judge advocate sitting alone

    13. 44.Severance

    14. 45.Arraignment

    15. 46.Guilty plea

    16. 47.Alternative charges

    17. 48.Additional charges during trial

    18. 49.Changes to the charge sheet during trial

    19. 50.Changes to the charge sheet by the court

    20. 51.Procedure after guilty plea

    21. 52.Pleas of guilty and not guilty on one charge sheet

    22. 53.Dispute on facts after finding of guilty

    23. 54.Change of plea

    24. 55.Procedure after not guilty plea

    25. 56.Additional evidence during trial

    26. 57.Expert evidence

    27. 58.Exhibits

    28. 59.Presence of witnesses

    29. 60.Evidence through television link

    30. 61.Video recordings of testimony from child witnesses

    31. 62.Examination of witnesses

    32. 63.Submission of no case to answer

    33. 64.Finding of not guilty before conclusion of the defence

    34. 65.The case for the defence

    35. 66.Witnesses for the defence

    36. 67.Further evidence

    37. 68.Closing addresses

    38. 69.Summing up

    39. 70.Deliberation on finding

    40. 71.Special finding

    41. 72.Record of finding

    42. 73.Inquiry into finding

    43. 74.Offences taken into consideration

  7. PART VI SENTENCING

    1. 75.Pre-sentence report and previous convictions

    2. 76.Evidence before sentencing

    3. 77.Evidence on behalf of the accused

    4. 78.Postponement of deliberation on sentence

    5. 79.Deliberation on sentence

    6. 80.Announcement of sentence

    7. 81.Conclusion of the trial

  8. PART VII REVIEW OF COURT-MARTIAL FINDING AND SENTENCE

    1. 82.The petition

    2. 83.Reasons

  9. PART VIII MISCELLANEOUS

    1. 84.Application of the rules to civilians

    2. 85.Periodic review of arrest

    3. 86.Bankers' Books Evidence Act 1879

    4. 87.Custody of the record

    5. 88.Imprisonment in default; manner of payment of fine

    6. 89.Circumstances not provided for

    7. 90.Revocations and savings

  10. Signature

  11. SCHEDULES

    1. Schedule 1

      —Charges and joinder

      1. Part I Rules

      2. Part II Form

    2. Schedule 2

      Forms

    3. Schedule 3

      Oaths and affirmations

      1. Part I Manner of administering oaths and affirmations

      2. Part II Forms of oath

      3. Part III Forms of Scottish oaths

      4. Part IV Form of solemn affirmations

    4. Schedule 4

      Hearing for directions

    5. Schedule 5

      Guidance for petitioners

    6. Schedule 6

      Civilians

      1. Part I Modifications for civilians

      2. Part II Additional rules for civilians

      3. Part III Appeals from Standing Civilian Courts

    7. Schedule 7

      Revocations

  12. Explanatory Note