A crew member summoned to the court martial - does a naval barrister defend him?

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  1. If a crew member commits an offence against service law sufficiently serious to warrant an appearance in front of the court martial, who represents him? Does the ships logistics officer/a member of the RN legal service defend him?

    If the offence is trivial and dealt with via summary hearing, will the commanding officer seek the advice of the logs officer?
  2. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    In general at Courts martial the defence can be a civilian or a member of the RN legal cadre (I believe) - for minor sanctions the CO always looks to the Logistic Officer as the first port of call for guidance, they will in turn get more specialist legal advice from Fleet legal in NCHQ where Naval barristers work.
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  3. Your DO, Regulating Staff and LO/DLO will have all the information on this subject.
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  4. March in the guilty bastard, and his lying oppos..........
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