17 Dec 2008

Changes to military court system

6:47 am on 17 December 2008

The New Zealand Defence Force is finalising changes to the way those in the armed forces are disciplined, including the introduction of new military courts.

The changes which come into effect in July will introduce a standardised military justice system across the Army, Navy and Air Force and will result in two new offences of negligence.

A Summary Appeal Court will be established giving personnel found guilty summarily by senior officers a right of appeal. A permanent Court Martial will also be introduced.

Commander Chris Griggs from the Defence Force's legal services said the changes had been planned since 2002 and will help fix any perceived deficiencies.

He said the changes will ensure the efficiency of the Defence Force.