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Revised plan for Military Court Centres after lifting of lockdown restrictions on 19 July 2021
An update from the Judge Advocate General and Director of the Military Court Service. The Prime Minister announced on 12 July 2021 that COVID-19 restrictions will be fully lifted on 19 July 2021 as planned. MCS have reviewed the impact of this decision on the operation of the Military Court Centres and taken into account a variety of factors including the need to maintain the operation of the courts during what will be a challenging phase of the pandemic. Link [here].   back to the top


16 June 2012 - Revised Plan For Return To Work After Lifting Of Lockdown Restrictions
The Prime Minister announced on Monday that Covid restrictions will not be fully lifted on 21 June as planned. JAG and DMCS have reviewed the impact of this decision on the operation of the Military Court Centres and advise [as stated here]. Thanks to AMCA.   back to the top


Service courts will gradually return to a normal operating pattern.
The detailed plan of The Judge Advocate General And The Director Of The military Court Service can be found [here]. Thanks to AMCA.   back to the top


MCTC details of its plans to move out of lockdown.
The primary principle for the gradual and cautious easing of restrictions will be in line with that of the UK Gov roadmap and will be informed by the National Framework for Prison Regimes and Services HERE. The current scheme, as set out [here] runs to 21 June 2021 and should be consulted by all court martial advocates. A section 9 statement relating to the R-v-Manning concerns about the effect of COVID on detention at MCTC is available to Aspals members [here].   back to the top


Better Case Management in the Court Martial - BCM(CM), Practice Memorandum
MEMORANDUM 3 amends "Practice in the Service Courts Collected Memoranda" Version 6 dated 1 September 2016. In that document Memorandum 3 (PCMH and Listing Practice) and Memorandum 13 (BCM(CM)) are to be removed and replaced with this new Memorandum 3. Version 7 of the Collected Memoranda will be issued in due course incorporating this change. [Available here].   back to the top


Protocol for working with e-bundles in the Service Justice System
This Protocol is designed to enable the Prosecution and the Defence to create bundles to the same standard and format. It provides for the Defence and the Prosecution creating separate bundles in order to avoid placing an undue burden on any one party. The procedures in this Protocol reflect many aspects of practice in the Civilian Justice System. [Available here].   back to the top


Protocol for Digital Working in the Service Justice System
This Protocol outlines the procedures for working with digital case files within the Service Justice System. This is an interim protocol that will be updated as further developments are put in place. Its main aim is to support remote working, with an approach that makes use of the resources currently available to in the Service Justice System. [Available here].   back to the top


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