Service Justice System

Ministry of Defence written statement – made on 27th February 2020.

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Photo of Johnny Mercer Johnny Mercer Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)

Today the Ministry of Defence is publishing the Reports of the Service Justice System Review and its response to them, copies of which will be placed in the Library of the House. The Service Justice System Review was conducted by HH Shaun Lyons, a retired Crown Court Judge, who was supported on policing matters by the former Chief Constable for Merseyside, Sir Jon Murphy and by former Detective Superintendent Mark Guinness on Domestic Abuse, Child Abuse and Victims and Witnesses.

The Review submitted three reports, Part 1 on the need for the SJS and an overview of the system in March 2018 and a separate report on Service Policing, followed by Part 2 on how the system can be improved in March 2019. In Part 2, the Review made a total of 60 recommendations with the aim of improving the SJS.

The Ministry of Defence welcomes the reports and will be considering the recommendations in detail, including those that will require legislation for possible inclusion in the Armed Forces Bill.