—(1) Where an offence punishable under this Act has been committed by any person subject to military law who belongs to a unit or part of a unit of the Singapore Armed Forces which is, at the time of the commission of the offence, engaged on active service it shall be lawful for a commander (referred to in this Act as the convening officer), if it is not practicable for a general court martial to try the accused, to convene a field general court martial.
[17/2004 wef 31/12/2004]
(2) Every field general court martial may try any person subject to military law for any offence under this Act and may award for such offence any punishment that a general court martial is competent to award for such offence.
(3) Every field general court martial shall consist of 3 or any greater uneven number of members (each of whom shall be an officer or a senior military expert), and the member who is most senior in rank shall preside.
[28/2009 wef 01/04/2010]
(4) The convening officer may preside over a field general court martial, but shall, whenever it is practicable, appoint as president of the field general court martial another person, who shall be —
an officer of or above the rank of captain; or
a senior military expert.
(5) Whenever it is practicable, the rank of each member of the field general court martial shall be of a rank above that of the accused.
(6) The convening officer shall appoint any serviceman to perform the functions of a registrar of the court.
(7) The determination of any question before a field general court martial shall be according to the majority of the members of the court hearing the case.
(8) Where an accused is found guilty of a charge in respect of which punishment of death is authorised under this Act the decision of the field general court martial shall be unanimous.
(9) In the event of the field general court martial failing to reach a unanimous decision, an accused shall not be convicted of that offence in respect of which punishment of death is authorised by this Act but may, if the members of the court by majority decision agree, be convicted of any lesser offence authorised by this Act.