Armed Forces: Serious Offences - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:01 pm on 23rd October 2017.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Aberavon Lord Morris of Aberavon Labour 3:01 pm, 23rd October 2017

My Lords, I welcome the Minister’s reply. Should not the courts martial system be brought into line with the civil courts and give the right in serious cases such as murder and rape to be tried by jury with a judge appointed by the Lord Chief Justice, replacing the present hierarchical court system with its bare-majority verdicts, the size of which is secret, which is criticised by the Judge Advocate-General? Should we not fundamentally review the 2006 Act in consultation with the Lord Chief Justice and senior legal practitioners?