The European Court of Human Rights in the case of Thompson vs UK has delivered an interesting judgement, although not entirely surprising one. the full judgement is at: http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/hudoc/ViewRoot.asp?Item=0&Action=Html&X=625214352&Notice=0&Noticemode=&RelatedMode=0 in effect the summary dealing by CO and OC is unlawful. the CO investigates, charges and acts as judge and sentencer. this is not an impartial and independant tribunal. on separate grounds it was also found unlawful because the right to be legally represented on orders is also denied. any orders ought to be suspended until this is sorted out as they are effectively unlawful. the DCM system is still sound, so the CO can just refer everything to Higher Authority to keep things moving. - might be a bit harsh for late on parade though!! the MOD might just leave this until someone challenges it - but that wont be long, trust me!! time for a rethink. now its time for the garrison magistrate to be looked at again. the old PPCM in a new guise.