New Director of Service Prosecutions

Armed Forces: Director of Service Prosecutions

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Defence (Des Browne) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I am pleased to announce that Bruce Houlder QC has been appointed to the new post of Director of Service Prosecutions.

The appointment of the Director of Service Prosecutions is an important step towards the full implementation of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which will for the first time provide a single system of service law for all three of our Armed Forces when it comes into effect in January 2009.

Mr Houlder will take up post in May and will have a comprehensive induction prior to taking up his full prosecutorial role when the new Service Prosecuting Authority comes into effect in January 2009, replacing the three existing single service prosecuting authorities.

Mr Houlder has a wealth of experience in the civilian criminal justice system and was made a Queen's Counsel in 1994.

Lords Hansard: 19 March 2008, Col.WS39

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