Civilian criminal law offences and military disciplinary offences may be tried in a Court Martial. A Court Martial trial, procedure and sentencing powers are broadly similar to those of the Crown Court.
Even if the alleged offence is suitable for a Summary Hearing, you have the absolute right to elect for the matter to be heard in a Court Martial rather than being heard by your Commanding Officer.
Sentences in the Court Martial in respect of criminal offences are the same as those passed in the Crown Court. Rulings of a Court Martial can be appealed to the Court Martial Appeal Court.
The Military department at RG&Co have experience of defending a wide range of cases, from straightforward matters to complex murder, rape and sexual assault cases. Notably, in 2013, the Military team successfully defended ‘Marine C’, who was charged with murdering a Taliban insurgent together with his two co-accused.
Military Legal Aid is available for Summary Appeals, Court Martial and Court Martial Appeals. Contact RG&Co for details of how to apply.