News Article

MOD harmonises Armed Forces inquiries

A Defence Policy and Business news article

1 Oct 08

A new tri-Service system of Service Inquiries, conducted by the Armed Forces into deaths and serious injuries and incidents, has been introduced today, Wednesday 1 October 2008, replacing the existing Single Service Boards of Inquiry (BOIs).

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The new Service Inquiries system will mean each of the three Services convenes Inquiries on the same statutory basis
[Picture: Steve Lewis]

The new system will mean each of the three Services convenes Inquiries on the same statutory basis, which has not been the case for BOIs.

Service Inquiries will however continue to fulfil the same function as Boards of Inquiry - to examine the circumstances surrounding serious incidents, to determine the facts, and to make recommendations to reduce the possibility of a similar incident reoccurring.

Air Commodore Lindsay Irvine, Deputy Director of RAF Legal Services, a senior adviser on many BOIs, and on the development of the Service Inquiries system, said:

"The new system is designed to improve on what has gone before, to better define the role, purpose and conduct of Service Inquiries and initiate uniform procedures across the Services. A single set of statutory rules across the Armed Forces will make it simpler to conduct Inquiries into incidents which involve more than one of the Services."

Service Inquiries will be mandatory for deaths where anything of consequence may be learned which is not apparent from the incident or which has not been or is unlikely to be identified by any other report.





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