Mutiny Act 1802

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1802 c. 50
Anno Regni GEORGII III. Britanniarum Regis,Quadragesimo secundo. An Act for continuing an Act, made in this Session of Parliament, intituled,An Act for punishing Mutiny and Desertion; and for the better Payment of the Army and their Quarters, within the United Kingdom, and the Islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, and Man.

(42 Geo. 3) C A P. L.

[24th May 1802]

'WHEREAS an Act was made in this present Session of Parliament, intituled, Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark,and Man; which is to continue in force within Great Britain from the twenty-fourth Day of March in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and two, until the twenty-fifth Day of May in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and two, and within Ireland from the thirty-first Day of March in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and two until the first Day of June in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and two, and in Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark , and Man , and the Islands thereto belonging, as to such Parts thereof as relate to those Places respectively, from the thirtieth Day of April in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and two until the first Day of July in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and two: And whereas it is judged necessary by his Majesty and this present Parliament that a Body of Forces should be continued for the Safety of the United Kingdom, the Defence of the Possessions of his Majesty's Crown, and the Preservation of the Balance of Power in Europe , and that the whole Number of such Forces should consist of eighty-four thousand four hundred and forty-five effective Men, including seven thousand eight hundred and thirty-six Invalids: And whereas no Man can be fore-judged of Life or Limb, or subjected in Time of Peace to any Kind of Punishment within this Realm by Martial Law, or in any other Manner than by the Judgment of his Peers, and according to the known and established Laws of this Realm; yet nevertheless it is requisite for the retaining all the before-mentioned Forces in their Duty that an exact Discipline be observed, and that Soldiers who shall mutiny or stir up Sedition, or shall desert his Majesty's Service, be brought to a more exemplary and speedy Punishment than the usual Forms of the Law will allow;' be it therefore enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and...

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