RAF Legal Branch

Royal Air Force Legal Branch
Founded1 October 1948
CountryUnited Kingdom
Allegiance United Kingdom
BranchAir Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Air Force
TypeLegal service
HeadquartersRAF High Wycombe
Commanders
Current DirectorAir Vice Marshal T. N. Jennings

The Royal Air Force Legal Branch (RAFLB) or Directorate Legal Services (DLS) - as it is better known - is the uniformed legal service provider for the Royal Air Force. It consists of solicitors and barristers qualified in a Commonwealth jurisdiction. DLS is headquartered at Air Command RAF High Wycombe. The Directorate is currently staffed by a mixture of members of:

History[]

The RAF Legal Branch was formed on 1 October 1948. Its predecessor was the Air Force Department of the Office of Judge Advocate General.[1]

Role[]

It is open to men or women; those that have been recruited vary from NQ to 10 years PQE. DLS has around 50 legal officers. Around 30% of DLS officers are based in overseas billets. The type of work undertaken by legal officers depends on the billet they are working at. Around 50% of the billets are discipline / criminal law, 30% of the billets are operations law and 20% of the billets are administrative law. The RAF also provides 4 Legal Officers to the Service Prosecuting Authority.

Career[]

The career structure of a legal officer within DLS would commence with a short service commission as a Flight Lieutenant after a 3-month SERE course at RAF Cranwell. If the candidate is suitable then appointment to a permanent commission and subsequent promotion will be by selection.

Directors of Legal Services (RAF)[]

The head of the RAF Legal Branch is titled the Director of Legal Services RAF. The current holder is Air Vice Marshal T N Jennings.

Deputy Directors[]

References[]

  1. ^ "No. 38795". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1949. p. 6168.
  2. ^ "No. 41266". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1957. p. 7596.
  3. ^ "No. 42721". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 July 1962. p. 5302.
  4. ^ "No. 45228". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 November 1970. p. 12330.
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  6. ^ "No. 48885". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 February 1982. p. 1786.
  7. ^ "No. 51840". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 August 1989. p. 9449.
  8. ^ "No. 53164". The London Gazette (Supplement). 5 January 1993. p. 107.
  9. ^ "No. 54820". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 June 1997. p. 7559.
  10. ^ "No. 56668". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 August 2002. p. 10042.
  11. ^ a b "AIR RANK APPOINTMENTS LIST 09/08". raf.mod.uk. Retrieved 12 March 2009.
  12. ^ "AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 3.17". raf.mod.uk. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  13. ^ "AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 3.17". raf.mod.uk. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Air Rank Appointments List 01/11". raf.mod.uk. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  15. ^ "AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 3.17". raf.mod.uk. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.

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