Defence (Amendment) Act 2007

Chapter 8

Rules of Procedure and Court-martial Rules

Amendment of section 240 of Principal Act (rules of procedure).

70.— Section 240 of the Principal Act is amended by substituting the following for subsection (1):

“(1) The Minister may make rules (in this Act referred to as ‘rules of procedure’) in relation to all or any of the following matters:

(a) the assembly and procedure of courts of inquiry and boards;

(b) the form of oath to be taken by the military judge before entering upon his duties under this Act;

(c) in the case of a person remanded for trial by court-martial, the procedures (other than procedures of a court-martial which are the subject of court-martial rules) to be followed in bringing the person to trial, including the taking of a written summary of evidence in the case;

(d) the functions of the Court-Martial Administrator relating to the management and control generally of the administration and business of courts-martial;

(e) the procedure for convening courts-martial;

(f) the procedure for the dissolution by the Court-Martial Administrator of a general court-martial or limited court-martial;

(g) the procedure for referring matters to the summary court-martial;

(h) the procedure for selecting members of a court-martial board;

(i) the procedure in relation to representation for the purposes of section 211A;

(j) the promulgation of the findings and sentence of a court-martial;

(k) the carrying into effect of sentences of courts-martial;

(l) the carrying into effect of decisions made and punishments awarded by the summary court-martial under section 178G;

(m) the form of notice and the giving of such notice under section 212A(12);

(n) the retention and preservation of records of proceedings of a court-martial;

(o) the supply of copies of such records, including provision in respect of any fee payable for the supply of copies;

(p) the officers who are to be prescribed officers for the purposes of section 121;

(q) the functions of the Chief Military Judge (if any);

(r) the judicial functions, other than those with respect to courts-martial, which may be performed by a military judge;

(s) any other matter or thing referred to in this Part (other than Chapters IV and X and any matter or thing referred to in this Part as prescribed by court-martial rules) as prescribed;

(t) any other matter which the Minister considers necessary or expedient for the proper administration of this Part (other than Chapters IV and X and any matter referred to in this Part as the subject of court-martial rules).”.