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The Armed Forces (Service Civilian Court) Rules 2009


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  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.Oaths and affirmations

    7. 21.Interpreters

    8. 22.Record of proceedings

    9. 23.Exhibits

    10. 24.Termination of proceedings

    11. 25.Circumstances not provided for

  5. PART 4

    1. 26.Legal representatives

    2. 27.Parent or guardian of young civilian

  6. PART 5

    1. 28.Arrest by service police etc before arraignment

    2. 29.Warrant for arrest by civilian police

  7. PART 6

    1. 30.Service of advance information

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

  8. PART 7

    1. 32.Listing of initial preliminary proceedings

    2. 33.Listing of further preliminary proceedings

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

    4. 35.Outline of prosecution case

    5. 36.Powers of the court at a preliminary hearing

  9. PART 8

    1. 37.Joinder of charges

    2. 38.Severance of charges

    3. 39.Severance of defendants

    4. 40.Amendment of charges

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

  10. PART 9

    1. 42.Consideration of trial by the Court Martial

  11. PART 10

    1. 43.Arraignment

    2. 44.Order that charge lie on the file

    3. 45.Offer of no evidence

    4. 46.Change of plea

    5. 47.Powers of Director after arraignment

  12. PART 11

    1. 48.Notification of witnesses

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

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

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

    5. 52.Application to withdraw a witness summons

    6. 53.Oral applications

    7. 54.Further process to secure attendance of witness

    8. 55.Review of custody of witness

    9. 56.Entitlement to witness expenses

  13. PART 12

    1. CHAPTER 1

      1. 57.Application and interpretation of Part 12

      2. 58.Rules of evidence

      3. 59.Oral testimony to be given on oath

      4. 60.Proof by written statement

      5. 61.Proof by formal admission

      6. 62.Use of documents to refresh memory

    2. CHAPTER 2

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

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

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

    3. CHAPTER 3

      1. 66.Notice of intention to adduce hearsay evidence

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

    4. CHAPTER 4

      1. 68.Evidence of enlistment

      2. 69.Evidence as to service etc

      3. 70.Service records

      4. 71.Defence Council instructions, regulations and certificates

      5. 72.Standing or routine orders

    5. CHAPTER 5

      1. 73.Expert evidence

    6. CHAPTER 6

      1. 74.Interpretation of Chapter 6

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

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

      4. 77.Special measures available

      5. 78.Special measures direction relating to eligible witness

      6. 79.Evidence given in private

      7. 80.Video recorded evidence in chief

      8. 81.Examination of witness through intermediary

      9. 82.Application for special measures direction: general

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

      11. 84.Variation or discharge of special measures direction

  14. PART 13

    1. 85.Opening address

    2. 86.Examination of witnesses

    3. 87.Presence of witnesses

    4. 88.Submission of no case to answer

    5. 89.The case for the defence

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

    7. 91.Closing addresses

    8. 92.Announcement of findings

  15. PART 14

    1. 93.Application and interpretation of Part 14

    2. 94.Dispute on facts after plea of guilty

    3. 95.Pre-sentence report and previous convictions

    4. 96.Information before sentencing

    5. 97.Offences taken into consideration

    6. 98.Mitigation of sentence

    7. 99.Pronouncement of sentence

  16. PART 15

    1. CHAPTER 1

      1. 100.Application and interpretation of Chapter 1

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

      3. 102.Breach of requirements: arrest under warrant

      4. 103.Review of custody

      5. 104.Revocation of order with or without re-sentencing

      6. 105.Amendment of requirements

      7. 106.Extension of unpaid work requirement

    2. CHAPTER 2

      1. 107.Remission of fine

      2. 108.Certification of contempt of court

  17. PART 16

    1. 109.Proceedings in camera

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

  18. PART 17

    1. 111.Supreme Court of Northern Ireland

    2. 112.Transitional

  19. Signature

    1. SCHEDULE 1


      1. The words prescribed are— (a) for witnesses, “… the evidence...

    2. SCHEDULE 2


      1. PART 1 GENERAL

        1. 1.Interpretation

        2. 2.Record of Standing Civilian Court proceedings


        1. 3.Service of documents

        2. 4.Court administration officers

        3. 5.Prosecuting officers

        4. 6.Legal representatives

        5. 7.Arraignment

        6. 8.Directions etc

      3. PART 3 EVIDENCE

        1. 9.Proof by written statement

        2. 10.Evidence of enlistment or entry for service

        3. 11.Documents signed by or on behalf of a person’s commanding officer

        4. 12.Special measures


        1. 13.Activation of suspended sentence of imprisonment

        2. 14.SDA conditional discharge orders

        3. 15.Community supervision orders

  20. Explanatory Note

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