Defence Act, 1954

Summoning and privilege of witnesses at courts-martial.

207.—(1) Every person required to give evidence before a court-martial may be summoned or ordered to attend in the prescribed manner.

(2) Every person attending in pursuance of such summons or order as a witness before any court-martial shall during his necessary attendance in or on such court-martial and in going to and returning from the same have the same privilege from arrest as if he were a witness before the High Court.

(3) For the purposes of this and section 208 (except subsection (2) thereof)—

(a) the expression “a court-martial” shall be deemed to include an officer taking a written summary of evidence in accordance with regulations made under section 184, and

(b) references to the president or members of the court-martial shall be construed as including references to such officer.