Military Justice Handbook

Military Justice Handbook
Edition 2 out Now

Published by Howgate Publishing


For Court Martial Practitioners and all persons working within the Service Justice System

           ... and students of the Military Justice System.

"The second edition represents a significant expansion on the first. It covers every aspect of the Service Justice System and Administrative Action. The practitioner can now turn to the Handbook for guidance on any topic from the intricacies of service police powers, to how to apply for legal aid or even to decipher the many military acronyms to be found in every case."
(Peter Glenser QC).

"The expression 'walking into a minefield' is a phrase rooted in a military setting and understood throughout the English speaking world. For anyone faced with the minefield of the UK service justice system (SJS), there is only one book available to guide you to safety – and this is it."
Lewis Cherry, solicitor (Law Society Gazette, October 2021).
"It is simply no use hoping that your knowledge of criminal and/or employment law, or what you think might be right, can be applied in a military context to enable you to muddle through. You will be doing your client a disservice. Of course no one can carry all the relevant information and procedures in their head and even the most seasoned practitioner will need regular reminders and to be aware of recent changes. That is what makes this book such a useful practical guide, as it sets out the law with simplicity and clarity in all the main areas you are likely to encounter, with clear explanations of the terminologies used and the military structures."
Jeremy Taylor, consultant solicitor at Wace Morgan Solicitors (Law Society Gazette, October 2021).

Soldiers have their ROE, Military Lawyers have the Military Justice Handbook.

The military justice system (MJS) comprises the body of law that governs the disciplinary processes within the three Services. It is important to have a separate justice system to ensure that wherever in the world a serviceperson is, if (s)he commits a crime or a disciplinary infraction, (s)he knows (s)he will be dealt with according to military law. The prosecution of civilians subject to Service discipline and young offenders is also included. Until 2006, each Service had its own disciplinary system and disciplinary act. The Armed Forces Act 2006 introduced a uniform system for the three Services, harmonizing the offences and methods of disposal. This was an enormous undertaking, which has been largely successful. The legislation still remains a complex area, which is daunting to those who are unfamiliar with the system. This handbook attempts to cover the key provisions. To make the task of advising clients a little easier, by "speaking the same language," a useful list is included of some common acronyms used in the Services. Bearing in mind the volume of law and regulation, this book is principally designed to give some useful background information about the Service disciplinary system and provide an insight into the main offences charged at summary hearing and court martial. It is a sort of "road map" of the military justice system, which complements the excellent Manual of Service Law and Judge Advocate General's guidance. Whether you are new to the MJS or an old hand, this book is an essential addition to your armoury.

For those without any prior knowledge of the Services, there are explanations of the chain of command, the rank structures and honours and awards frequently encountered - know your client and your Court Martial Board to help identify relevant experience.

The foreword to the second edition has been written by one of the leading civilian criminal practitioners and a seasoned Court Martial advocate, Peter Glenser QC. Other contributors have been serving military lawyers and civilian practitioners.

An easy size to carry around, the Military Justice Handbook provides an explanation of the summary system, extended powers, the court martial process, appeals, jurisdiction and much more.

To read a short "Explainer" of the utility of this book, please visit this link.

If you are involved in any way in the MJS, the Military Justice Handbook is a must for your library - can you afford to be without it?