Military Justice Handbook

Military Justice Handbook Now Available:


For Court Martial Practitioners

           ... and students of the Military Justice System.
"The Handbook gives swift and easy access to the relevant statutory provisions and to caselaw, reported and unreported, in this specialised field...It should be at the right hand of every CO"
(Lord Thomas of Gresford QC).

" indispensable guidebook to inform civilian legal practitioners about the frequently misunderstood service justice system....Particularly excellent are the illustrative examples from case law of these offences, which demonstrate not only the nature of the service offences but also sentencing practice."
(Pennant Magazine, November 2014).
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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 serviceman is, if he commits a crime or a disciplinary infraction, he knows 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.

There is a foreword by The Lord Thomas of Gresford QC, one of the leading advocates for change, who has appeared in some of the most important cases before the ECtHR concerning the military justice system. 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. A chapter is dedicated to operational matters and the defence of self defence.

Purchase Options:  There is a variety of purchase options, from the physical book to various forms of electronic text format. If you wish for an electronic version, you can choose the format for the fully searchable and indexed* downloadable version, from Word © or pdf format to read on any electronic device, including smartphone, which has a compatible programme to read it (Adobe © or Word © reader).

Copyright: the electronic file is provided to the purchaser only and may be stored on up to two devices owned by the purchaser. It may not be further distributed to anyone who has not purchased it.

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ISBN 13 (TP):  9781481787758
ISBN 13 (eBook):  9781481787765

If you are involved in any way in the MJS, the Military Justice Handbook is a must for your library - can you afford not to buy it?

The subject areas include those listed in the index below (page references are illustrative):