Defence Forces (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1923

Plea in bar.

96.—In addition to a plea of “Not Guilty” an accused may enter any of the following special pleas in bar of trial:—

(1) Previous acquittal or conviction of the same offence by—

(a) A competent Civil Court.

(b) A competent Court-Martial.

(c) Any officer in due exercise of his powers under this Act, subject however, to the provisions of Section 89 (3) of this Act.

(2) Pardon of the offence by the Minister.

(3) Save in cases of mutiny, desertion or fraudulent enlistment the expiration at the date on which the trial commences of a period of more than three years from the date at which the offence is alleged to have been committed.

(4) Where the offence is one against the ordinary law, which by ordinary law must be prosecuted within a specific period of the date of commission of the offence, lapse of the specific period.