MoD confirms intention to “robustly” defend legal cases for future military operations

The MoD has confirmed its intention to “robustly” defend legal cases in the Government’s response to the Defence Select Committee’s report on the legal framework of future military operations.

They have outlined their intention to bring in a “residency test” to limit the use of legal aid which should see a reduction in the hugely expensive cases brought by non UK based civilians. However, it hasn’t ruled out bringing in legislation to address ‘combat immunity’, depending on the outcome of future High Court cases. This directly affects our troops and could allow the MOD/ Government to avoid accountability for decisions that have no relation to the “heat of the battle” but rather made in the safety of Whitehall.

Given the MoD’s stance to forcefully defend cases, it is imperative injured personnel seek specialist legal advice.

by Hilary Meredith