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Extracts from the Court Martial Book of previous Convictions against No.
N.B.-Acts of Drunkenness to be inserted in Red Ink.
Form, (p. 215.) PROCEEDINGS of a General Court Martial held at
the day of
one thousand eight hundred and in pursuance of an order of
commanding her Majesty's Forces at , dated the
day of thousand eight hundred and
or by virtue of a Warrant from , bearing date the
day of one thousand eight hundred and
2. 4. 6. 8. 10. 12. 14.
3. Rank. Name. Regt.
(1) The numbers show the order of the Members, according to seniority (p. 215.)
At o'Clock, a.m. the Court opens. (pp. 175, 214.)
Rank. No. [if a N. C. O. or soldier p. 152] Name. Regl. appears a prisoner before the Court. (pp. 187, 214.)
The Order for assembling the Court, the Warrants appointing the President and Deputy Judge Advocate, are read. (p. 216.)
The Members are called over and severally answer to their names. (p. 215.) Question to Prisoner...Have you any exception to any of the
Officers now appearing to sit on this
Court ? Answer .......... ( see pp. 216, 229.)
The President, Members, and Deputy Judge Advocate are duly sworn. (p. 229.) Arraigament ......
......... The court proceeds to the trial of Rank. (p. 235.)
No. Name. Regiment. upon
the following Charge, viz. : Charge
(Charge how framed pp. 151-156.) Plea
......... To which charge the prisoner pleaded.
(p. 235.) All persons required to give evidence are directed to withdraw. (p. 246.) Publication of proceedings may be forbidden. (p. 214.) Prosecution ........Rank. Name. Regiment
appears as Prosecutor, and proceeds, by permission of the Court, to deliver the
following statement, diz. (p. 246.) Ist Witness for Prosecution...Name, fc. (The Prosecutor) being
duly sworn, deposes :-(p. 247) “I," &c. Cross-exam ...... Quest... (p. 250.)
o'Clock, p. m. (p. 174.) The Court adjourns until the inst., at o'Clock, a.m.
SECOND DAY, (date.) o'Clock, a.m. The Court meets pursuant to adjournment : present, the same Members as on
, except (absence accounted for by evidence, p. 230.)
Continuation of the Examination of Witnesses, the
The Prisoner is placed on his Defence, (p. 252) and requests to be indulged with days, to be enabled to prepare it. The Court grants the request, and, in consequence, (it being o'Clock) adjourns until
THIRD DAY, (date.)
:}4. B. is duly sworn.
o'Clock, a. m. The Court meets pursuant to adjournment: present the same Members as on
The Prisoner enters on his Defence, and reads the following Address (or not, as it may be. p. 252, et seq.)
The Prisoner proceeds to produce evidence. (p. 253. First Witness for Defence ......
Answ..., Cross-exam... Quest....
Answ.... Re-examin"... Quest...
Answ...(Witness as to characler. p. 427.)
The Prosecutor in reply, &c. &c. &c. (p. 257.)
The Court having closed, proceeds to deliberate, &c. (sec pp. 273-290.)
The Court, having maturely weighed and considered the evidence in support of the charges against the Prisoner, A. B., his Defence, and the evidence adduced in sup
port of it, is of opinion, that, &c. (The Sentence
Court having found a verdict of guilt, ro opens to receive evidence as to other desertions, previous convictions, or as to character, p. 290,) and does therefore, &c. (see pp.
304-387.) Signed the
184 . (p. 385.)
Rank- and President. Name-Rank.
Officiating Judge Advocate. The Court having passed judgment, begs leave to recommend to mercy ; to observe on the conduct of the parties before it ; on the manner in which a particular witness has delivered his testimony, fc. fc. pp. 287-289.)
Rank.-and President. Officiating Judge Advocate. The Court (having found the prisoner guilty) re-opens, the parties to the trial appear in court. (p. 290.) First Witness ......... A. B. is duly swom. Question ...Have you given the prisoner notice of the
intention to produce evidence of previous
convictions ? Answer ..................I warned him myself. (p. 168.) By the Court ... ... ... Produce the evidence as to previous
convictions. Answer? ................
The book I now produce is the Court
Martial book of the regiment. The prisoner before the Court is the soldier described as 121 John Atkins, in the trials recorded at page
(1) Whenever a certified extract is received under the provisions of the War Office Circular, 772, 23rd July, 1834, it should appear on the face of the proceedings that the production of the Court Martial book will be attended with public inconvenience; and further that the signature (if the extract be so certified) is authentic.
The Court on inspecting the Court Martial book, find that the prisoner was convicted on of by ; and on of .
The Court having closed, proceeds to deliberate on the sentence. SENTENCE.
The Court having found the prisoner
guilty of the whole of the charges preferred against him, or of part of the charges preferred against him, viz. :
and taking into consideration the
previous convictions recorded against him, and also his general
character, do now sentence him, the prisoner.
Rank. No. Name. Regiment to (wording of sentence,
p. 375, 8c.)
President. If previous acts of drunkenness (p. 367) be the subject of enquiry, the evidence may be somewhat in the following terms : (pp. 292-293.) Answer
.The book I now produce is the Defaulters'
book of the regiment, and the
as 121 private John Atkins.
of ; and on of On enquiries as to general character, the examination may be somewhat as follows: First Witness, as to character ...
} A. B. is duly sworn. Question .................. Do you know the prisoner? If so, bow
long have you known him, and what is your estimation of his general
character? Answer.................... ( see p. 290.)