The Armed Forces (Court Martial) Rules 2009

  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART 1

    1. 1.Citation and commencement

    2. 2.Interpretation: proceedings and parties

    3. 3.Interpretation: general

  3. PART 2

    1. 4.Interpretation of Part 2

    2. 5.Service on a person to whom proceedings relate

    3. 6.Service on the court administration officer

    4. 7.Service on the Director

    5. 8.Service on other individuals

    6. 9.Service on a corporation

    7. 10.Service by another method

    8. 11.Service by commanding officer

    9. 12.Service by fax or electronic means

    10. 13.Date of service

    11. 14.Proof of service

  4. PART 3

    1. 15.The court administration officer

    2. 16.Listing of proceedings

    3. 17.Notification of proceedings

    4. 18.Live links

    5. 19.Proceedings in absence of defendant etc

    6. 20.Deliberation in private

    7. 21.Oaths and affirmations

    8. 22.Interpreters

    9. 23.Record of proceedings

    10. 24.Exhibits

    11. 25.Termination of proceedings

    12. 26.Circumstances not provided for

  5. PART 4

    1. 27.Proceedings without lay members

    2. 28.Powers that may be exercised by a judge advocate

    3. 29.Proceedings requiring at least five lay members

    4. 30.Additional lay members

    5. 31.Warrant officers

    6. 32.Persons ineligible for membership in particular circumstances

    7. 33.Civilians

    8. 34.The president of the board

    9. 35.Objections to lay members

    10. 36.Waiting members

    11. 37.Swearing of lay members

    12. 38.Judge advocate’s power to direct lay members to withdraw

  6. PART 5

    1. 39.Legal representatives

    2. 40.Parent or guardian of young civilian

  7. PART 6

    1. 41.Arrest by service police etc before arraignment

    2. 42.Warrant for arrest by civilian police

  8. PART 7

    1. 43.Service of advance information

    2. 44.Information as to possibility of activation order etc

  9. PART 8

    1. 45.Listing of initial preliminary proceedings

    2. 46.Listing of further preliminary proceedings

    3. 47.Preliminary proceedings in chambers without notice to defendant

    4. 48.Outline of prosecution case

    5. 49.Powers of judge advocate

    6. 50.Appeals

  10. PART 9

    1. 51.Joinder of charges

    2. 52.Severance of charges

    3. 53.Severance of defendants

    4. 54.Amendment of charges

    5. 55.Consequences of exercise of powers under this Part

  11. PART 10

    1. 56.Arraignment

    2. 57.Order that charge lie on the file

    3. 58.Offer of no evidence

    4. 59.Change of plea

    5. 60.Powers of Director after arraignment

    6. 61.Retrial authorised by Appeal Court

  12. PART 11

    1. 62.Notification of witnesses

    2. 63.Issue of witness summons on application to a judge advocate

    3. 64.Application for witness summons to produce a document, etc: judge advocate’s assessment of relevance and confidentiality

    4. 65.Issue of witness summons of judge advocate’s own motion

    5. 66.Application to withdraw a witness summons

    6. 67.Oral applications

    7. 68.Further process to secure attendance of witness

    8. 69.Review of custody of witness

    9. 70.Entitlement to witness expenses

    10. 71.Order for inspection of banker’s books

  13. PART 12

    1. CHAPTER 1

      1. 72.Application and interpretation of Part 12

      2. 73.Rules of evidence

      3. 74.Oral testimony to be given on oath

      4. 75.Proof by written statement

      5. 76.Proof by formal admission

      6. 77.Use of documents to refresh memory

    2. CHAPTER 2

      1. 78.Notice of intention to adduce evidence of a defendant’s bad character

      2. 79.Application to exclude evidence of a defendant’s bad character

      3. 80.Application for leave to adduce evidence of the bad character of a non-defendant

    3. CHAPTER 3

      1. 81.Notice of intention to adduce hearsay evidence

      2. 82.Counter-notice objecting to the admission of hearsay evidence

    4. CHAPTER 4

      1. 83.Evidence of enlistment

      2. 84.Evidence as to service etc

      3. 85.Service records

      4. 86.Defence Council instructions, regulations and certificates

      5. 87.Standing or routine orders

    5. CHAPTER 5

      1. 88.Expert evidence

    6. CHAPTER 6

      1. 89.Interpretation of Chapter 6

      2. 90.Witnesses eligible for assistance on grounds of age or incapacity

      3. 91.Witnesses eligible for assistance on grounds of fear or distress about testifying

      4. 92.Special measures available

      5. 93.Special measures direction relating to eligible witness

      6. 94.Evidence given in private

      7. 95.Video recorded evidence in chief

      8. 96.Examination of witness through intermediary

      9. 97.Application for special measures direction: general

      10. 98.Application for special measures direction permitting admission of video recorded evidence in chief

      11. 99.Variation or discharge of special measures direction

      12. 100.Warning to lay members

  14. PART 13

    1. 101.Opening addresses

    2. 102.Examination of witnesses

    3. 103.Presence of witnesses

    4. 104.Submission of no case to answer

    5. 105.The case for the defence

    6. 106.Finding of not guilty before conclusion of the defence

    7. 107.Closing addresses

    8. 108.Summing up

    9. 109.Deliberation on findings

    10. 110.Announcement of findings

  15. PART 14

    1. 111.Application and interpretation of Part 14

    2. 112.Dispute on facts after plea of guilty

    3. 113.Pre-sentence report and previous convictions

    4. 114.Information before sentencing

    5. 115.Offences taken into consideration

    6. 116.Mitigation of sentence

    7. 117.Pronouncement of sentence

  16. PART 15

    1. 118.Power to vary sentence

    2. 119.Direction that variation proceedings be held

    3. 120.Direction that variation proceedings be held without lay members

    4. 121.Attendance of lay members by live link

    5. 122.Decision on variation of sentence

    6. 123.Announcement of sentence as varied

    7. 124.Power to order offender’s release from custody

  17. PART 16

    1. 125.Notice of appeal

    2. 126.Extension of initial period

    3. 127.Leave to appeal out of time

    4. 128.Application of Act and Rules to appellate proceedings

    5. 129.Abandonment of appeal

  18. PART 17

    1. 130.Interpretation of Part 17

    2. 131.Offence committed during operational period of suspended sentence of imprisonment

    3. 132.Offence committed during operational period of suspended sentence of service detention

    4. 133.Offence committed during release period of detention and training order

    5. 134.Application for activation proceedings

    6. 135.Warrant for offender’s arrest

    7. 136.Review of custody

    8. 137.Disclosure by Director

    9. 138.Procedure in activation proceedings

  19. PART 18

    1. CHAPTER 1

      1. 139.Application and interpretation of Chapter 1

      2. 140.Breach of requirements: application for summons or warrant

      3. 141.Breach of requirements: arrest under warrant

      4. 142.Revocation of order with or without re-sentencing

      5. 143.Amendment of requirements

      6. 144.Extension of unpaid work requirement

    2. CHAPTER 2

      1. 145.Review of service compensation order

      2. 146.Application for time to pay financial penalty

      3. 147.Remission of fine

      4. 148.Remission of case by Appeal Court for consideration of service restraining order

      5. 149.Variation or revocation of service restraining order

      6. 150.Variation or revocation of order for recognizance

      7. 151.Certification of contempt of court

  20. PART 19

    1. 152.Proceedings in camera

    2. 153.Withholding of matter from the public in proceedings before the court

    3. 154.Appeals

  21. PART 20

    1. 155.Interpretation

    2. 156.Charge referred to Director following election on another charge

    3. 157.Powers of the Director

    4. 158.Sentence where charge added to, or substituted for, election charge

    5. 159.Sentence where charge referred following election on another charge

    6. 160.Multiple relevant offences: application of section 165(4)

    7. 161.Sentence for multiple relevant offences

    8. 162.Multiple relevant offences: powers of Appeal Court

    9. 163.Offences associated with a relevant offence

    10. 164.Activation of suspended sentence of detention

    11. 165.Service restraining orders

    12. 166.Review of unduly lenient sentence

  22. PART 21

    1. 167.Supreme Court of Northern Ireland

    2. 168.Transitional

  23. Signature

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      OATHS AND AFFIRMATIONS

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS

      1. PART 1 GENERAL

      2. PART 2 STEPS TAKEN BEFORE COMMENCEMENT

      3. PART 3 EVIDENCE

      4. PART 4 SENTENCING

      5. PART 5 APPELLATE PROCEEDINGS

      6. PART 6 ACTIVATION PROCEEDINGS

      7. PART 7 ANCILLARY PROCEEDINGS

      8. PART 8 CONSEQUENCES OF ELECTION FOR COURT-MARTIAL TRIAL

  24. Explanatory Note