551. Procedure on a plea of not guilty.

551.     Procedure on a plea of not guilty.

Before the Director of Service Prosecutions1 adduces any evidence in trial proceedings2 the Director of Service Prosecutions, and, with leave of the judge advocate3, any defendant4, may make an opening address5. He then calls his witnesses, examines them in chief and then each defendant may cross-examine those witnesses in exactly the same way as a trial would proceed in the Crown Court. The judge advocate may question any witness, or put to the witness a question from a lay member6, and if it appears to the judge advocate to