592. Applications for retrial.

A person who has been acquitted1 of a specified serious offence (a 'qualifying offence')2 in court martial or appeal proceedings3 may be charged again with the same offence4 and a prosecuting officer may apply to the Court Martial Appeal Court for an order quashing the acquitted person's acquittal5 and ordering him to be retried for the offence6. An application for a retrial order may be made only with the written consent of the Director of Service Prosecutions or a prosecuting officer7, who may give his consent only if satisfied that there is 'new and compelling evidence'8, that it is