Treatise on Naval Courts Martial

by John Delafons

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - Naval and Military History Series

Treatise on Naval Courts Martial Synopsis

Originally published in 1792, this work was revised (incorporating new material) and corrected for the 1805 edition, reissued here. As a ship's purser and occasional Judge Advocate, Delafons had considerable experience of advising in naval courts martial, including first-hand involvement for the defence in the trial of Peter Heywood, a midshipman on board HMS Bounty during the mutiny of 1789. He intended this work to be a textbook for conducting judicial proceedings in the Royal Navy, and it is also now a fundamental text for historians and researchers in both the legal and naval history of a period of British maritime supremacy. Delafons covers the subjects of jurisdiction, evidence, sentencing, and the roles of individuals within the trial. He also makes a comparison between the law of the Navy and its practical applications and that of the civil courts, and examines the development of the Naval Code itself.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781108044769
Publication date: 28th March 2012
Author: John Delafons
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 408 pages
Categories: Courts & procedure, Military & defence law,

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