Court Martial

A Court Martial is a military court that has jurisdiction over members of the armed forces who are accused of committing offences under military law. These can range from disciplinary breaches to more serious criminal offences. The Court Martial system operates separately from civilian courts and is governed by the Armed Forces Act.

A Court Martial can be brought for a number of reasons including

  • Misconduct – eg disobedience of lawful commands or failure to perform duties properly
  • Criminal offences – crimes that you would typically be charged with outside of the services
  • Offences relating to Military Service – eg Desertion or going absent without leave (AWOL)
  • Sexual or Drug offences
  • Breach of classified information
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Conduct prejudicial to Good Order and Discipline

If you’re found guilty there are a range of sentences that can be applied. These includes fines, reduction in rank, dismissal and imprisonment. That’s why it’s important to have the best solicitors available with experience in defending a Court Martial.

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Your rights if you’ve been Court Martialed

Each court-martial case is unique, and the specifics of your situation may vary The Military Police may advise you to take a military lawyer to represent you in order to speed up the process. However, you’re entitled to have an independent solicitor with experience in Military Law to ensure that your rights and interests are fully protected. During this difficult time, you have the right to insist that one of our top Military Law specialists represent you and provide you with the reassurance and support you need. Ultimately, the decision is yours.

Meet one of our Military Law specialists

Alex Rynn is one of our specialist Military Law solicitors who comprehensively grasps the intricacies of the military justice system and the nuances of military life. He boasts extensive experience in representing clients before the Courts Martial, Summary Appeal Courts, and the Service Civilian Court. He is also able to provide swift and comprehensive advice on AGAI 67 actions, Major and Minor Administrative Action and the Service Complaints procedure. If you are being subjected to any disciplinary matters then please do not hesitate to contact him.

To get in contact with Alex please call or WhatsApp him on 07495 855 122 or email him at