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New inquiry: Support for Service personnel subject to judicial processes

28 April 2016

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The Defence Sub-Committee is seeking evidence on the support package provided by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to members and former members of the Armed Forces who are subject to the judicial process.

Focus of the inquiry

In particular, the Sub-Committee wishes to receive evidence on:

  • The support provided by the MoD to members and former members of the Armed Forces (and their families)
  • What additional support should be provided by the MoD
  • Whether the MoD’s framework of support is fit for purpose
  • The advice given by the MoD on how to access independent legal advice
  • The impact of the judicial process on the right to a personal life
  • The package of support provide by MoD and how is compares to support offered by other countries to their militaries.

The Sub-Committee would like to make clear that while it is content to receive written evidence based on experience, it cannot act as a court of appeal and will not take up individual cases.

Submitting written evidence

Written submissions for this inquiry should be submitted via the inquiry page on the Defence Sub-Committee website. Submissions should follow guidance on written submissions.

Please bear in mind that the Sub-Committee will not consider matters currently before a court of law, or matters in respect of which court proceedings are imminent. If you anticipate such issues arising, you should discuss with the Clerk of the Committee how this might affect your submission.

The focus of the inquiry is to consider the support provided by the MoD to Service personnel, and written evidence should address that matter.


The deadline for written submissions is Wednesday 8 June 2016.

Sensitive information

The Sub-Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives.

If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

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