Standard court-martial, whenever a ship is lost or destroyed

TSN Canada has a standard court-martial which convenes whenever a ship is lost, this includes when a surrendered/neutral ship is destroyed; this does not presume that the captain or the crew is suspected of wrongdoing, but merely that the circumstances surrounding the loss of the ship be made part of the official record. Most military forces maintain a judicial system that tries defendants for breaches of military discipline.

In Canada, there is a two-tier military trial system. Summary trials are presided over by superior officers, while more significant matters are heard by courts martial, which are presided over by independent military judges serving under the independent Office of the Chief Military Judge. Appeals are heard by the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada. Capital punishment in Canada was abolished generally in 1976, and for military offences in 1998. Harold Pringle was the last Canadian soldier executed, in 1945, for a military offence.

Composition
Usually, a court-martial takes the form of a trial with a presiding judge, a prosecutor and defensive counsel and (in some cases) a panel of officers (and sometimes enlisted personnel) acting as jury.
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