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Court Martial Proceedings

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Offences committed by members of the Armed Forces, or civilians affiliated with the Armed Forces, are often dealt with by way of a Court Martial. This applies not just for disciplinary offences under Service Law, but for civilian offences as well.

If you are a serviceman/woman looking for assistance with a criminal investigation, our team can help you.

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Regardless of whether you are arrested by Service Police, or civilian police, you are entitled to FREE and independent legal representation. When your rights and entitlements are explained to you, you will be asked whether you would like legal advice. In our experience, you should always say “yes”. If you request Paul Robinson Solicitors, a member of our team can attend to represent you during your police interview to ensure your legal rights are protected. Anything that you do, or do not, say during a police interview will be used to determine whether the case will be taken any further and ultimately whether any charges may be brought against you. It is therefore vital that you get the correct advice from the very outset. At Paul Robinsons we have an incredibly experienced team on hand to help you.

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Court Martial

If the Service Prosecuting Authority (SPA) decide to bring charges against you, for those proceedings which are not capable of being dealt with by your Commanding Officer, a Court Martial Trial will take place.

In the UK, Court Martial trials will take place at one of the two military court centres:

  • Bulford, or
  • Catterick

The trial process itself is much the same as a civilian Crown Court trial. Proceedings will be adjudicated by a Judge Advocate, whilst the Jury, known as the Board, will determine guilt or innocence. The Board is made up of commissioned officers and warrant officers.

At Paul Robinson Solicitors we understand that a finding of guilt could jeopardise your military career, which is why it is so important that you get the best representation. We not only have links to excellent barristers with extensive experience of representing military personnel in court martial proceedings, but to barristers with experience of serving within the military themselves; which we think is an advantage when it comes to representing you at trial.


Funding

Just as there is Legal Aid for proceedings in civilian courts, there is funding available for Court Martial proceedings via the Armed Forces Criminal Legal Aid Authority (AFCLAA). An application for funding must be submitted, which your Assisting Officer, can help you with. Within this application you can request representation from a legal firm of your choice. The application is means tested and so, depending on your income, you could be ordered to pay a contribution towards the cost of your representation. The AFCLAA will notify you, should this be the case.


Contact our team

For any queries relating to Court Martial Proceedings, get in touch with our specialist Criminal Defence team today.

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“I received the best treatment and the head of the department Michelle Breindel defended me. The prosecution wanted to send my case to Crown court with a possible custodial sentence, but Michelle put it to them that it was only an unintentional breach. I just received a fine and it was dealt with in the magistrates that day.”

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