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The opening ceremony of the Colchester Military Court Centre

Speech by Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales



Lord Phillips began by explaining his keen interest in military justice - starting with his experience as an ordinary seaman, “on shore patrol at closing time in the Main Street of Gibraltar”, and a period teaching the Royal Navy Supply Charge Course on criminal law.

He spoke of the unique position of the military justice system, praised the three Services represented at the event, and offered “my heartfelt congratulations to all who have been involved in the design and building of this magnificent facility” before declaring the new Colchester Military Court Centre open.


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