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Judge calls for reform of courts martial

PUBLISHED January 27, 2006

Britain's system of courts martial should be reformed for the first time in its 400-year history to bring it in to line with civilian courts, the country's top military judge said yesterday.

Judge advocate Jeff Blackett said the current set-up should be changed so that the panel considering cases included more people, and that it should not be allowed to mete out sentences. Such panels often handed out lesser penalties than civilian courts.