Jo is head of the military courts martial team at Church Court Chambers.
She has represented servicemen at all ranks in Colchester, Portsmouth, Bulford and in Germany. She will travel to any of the Military Court Centres in the UK, including Northern Ireland, Germany, Cyprus or wherever the hearing or serviceman is based. Conferences are available in person and by Skype.
She has a detailed knowledge of the Armed Forces Act 2006 and the Armed Forces Rules. She has extensive experience of dealing offences such as
- Sexual offences
- Neglect of duty and other misconduct
- Road traffic offences
She is also well acquainted with operational law and the law of armed conflict.
Jo has been a RAF reservists for six years attached to Sqn 7630. She is currently transferring to the Army’s 77th Brigade where she will commission as a Captain. She therefore has a unique insight into the demands placed upon service personnel and the realities of service life.
She accepts briefs from various specialists solicitors and directly from Armed Forces Criminal Legal Aid Authority (AFCLAA) at Upavon in Wiltshire.
Legal aid is available to service personnel subject to military justice and to civilians subject to the Service Civilian Court. Servicemen and civilians alike have the right to instruct counsel of their choice and we will provide specialist assistance to anybody in such a position. This means that any serviceman, whether within or without the UK, can complete their Army Legal Aid form nominating a ‘Jo Morris from Church Court Chambers’. AFCLAA will contact Chambers thereafter.
Jo can also refer a serviceman detained at a police station, whether civilian or military, to an experienced solicitor who will be able to provide advice given adequate notice.
Jo will be delighted to help with advice upon hearings before the Commanding Officer although there is no right to legal representation.