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 Baroness Goldie Baroness Goldie Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip) 3:01 pm, 23rd October 2017

I reassure the noble Viscount that, as he is aware, a protocol is in existence between service and civilian prosecutors, which recognises that some cases are more appropriately dealt with in the service system and some are more appropriately dealt with in the civilian system, particularly those with civilian victims. The protocol recognises that that any offence can be dealt with by the service authorities. The main principle in deciding who acts is whether the offence has any civilian context, particularly a civilian victim.