Defence Forces (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1923

Punishments which may be summarily awarded to a private soldier by a Commanding Officer.

82.—Where a private soldier is charged with any of the offences mentioned in Section 80 of this Act the Commanding Officer of the accused may, if satisfied as to the guilt of the accused, summarily award any of the following punishments:—

(1) Detention for a period not exceeding twenty-eight days. In cases of absence without leave for a period not exceeding seven days, detention shall not be awarded for a period exceeding seven days. Where the absence exceeds seven days detention may be awarded for a period equal to the period of absence without leave but in no case for a period exceeding twenty-eight days.

(2) In the case of offences other than drunkenness, fine not exceeding £3.

(3) In addition to or without detention fines in cases of drunkenness as follows:—

First offence


Second offence


Third offence


Fourth and every subsequent offence


(4) Confinement to barracks for a period not exceeding 14 days.

(5) Extra guards and pickets.

(6) Warning.

(7) In addition to or without any other punishment, any deduction from ordinary pay authorised by this Act to be made by a Commanding Officer.