|Royal Courts of Justice|
Details of Mr Deacon's complaints may be found here. In a nutshell, he was convicted during summary proceedings before his commanding officer for scratching a door whilst drunk. When he left the service he discovered he had been convicted of criminal damage and had a criminal record. He appealed out of time but had his appeal dismissed due to the delay. It appears to be that decision to dismiss which has now been quashed.
Summary dealing is not 'Article 6 compliant' so to maintain the position of the commanding officer at the heart of military justice and keep within the ECHR there is an automatic right in the UK to appeal to the Court Martial.
Mr Deacon will now have his case re-heard by the Court Martial and doubtless there will be press coverage and quite possibly a further appeal. This has the potential to precipitate further change in the UK Service Justice System.