526. Hearing of appeals.

An appeal to the Summary Appeal Court1 against a finding is by way of a rehearing of the charge and a rehearing as respects punishment2. An appeal which relates only to the punishment awarded is by way of a rehearing in relation to the award of punishment3. Rulings and directions on questions of law, procedure or practice are to be given by the judge advocate4 and any such rulings or directions are binding on the court5. The proceedings of the Summary Appeal Court are governed by the provisions of the Armed Forces Act 2006 and by the rules made thereunder6, but, subject to any other enactment, the judge advocate is to ensure that proceedings are conducted: (1) in such a way as appears to him most closely to resemble the way in which comparable proceedings of the Crown Court7 would be conducted in comparable circumstances; and (2) if he is unable to determine how comparable proceedings of the Crown Court would be conducted in comparable circumstances, in such a way as appears to him to be in the interests of justice8. A party to proceedings9 m