425. Custody after charge.

425.     Custody after charge.

Where a person ('the accused') is kept in service custody after being charged1 with a service offence2, he must be brought before a judge advocate3 as soon as practicable4. The judge advocate may by order authorise the keeping of the accused in service custody5, but only if:

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    (1)     he is satisfied that there are substantial grounds for believing that the accused, if released from custody, would: (a) fail to attend any hearing in the proceedings against him; (b) commit an offence while released; or (c) interfere with witnesses or otherwise obstruct the course