445. Powers of charging.

If a commanding officer1 has initial powers to charge in respect of a case2, he may bring, in respect of that case, one or more charges that are capable of being heard summarily3, and a charge so brought is to be regarded4 as allocated for summary hearing5. He may also refer the case to the Director of Service Prosecutions6. Where a case has been referred to the Director following investigation by service or civilian police7, in the context of being a connected case8or by a commanding officer9, the Director may bring a charge or charges against the person concerned