Discipline: Corporal Punishment
|Inquiry by Officers before awarding.
||687. When the Captain shall receive a complaint
against, or observe any misconduct on the part of, any
Man or Boy for which he is amenable to corporal
punishment, and shall be of opinion that no punishment
which it may be in his power to award would be applicable
or expedient under the circumstances, he is, except in
open mutiny, to appoint one or more Officers to inquire
into the particulars of the offence with which the
Prisoner may stand charged, and having received the
report of such Officer or Officers as to the guilt or
innocence of the accused, the Captain is, after
subsequent and full investigation on his own part, to act
as, according to his judgment, may seem right; but if the
Officers should have reported the Prisoner "Not
Guilty," and the Captain shall, nevertheless, decide
on punishing him corporally, his reasons for arriving at
a different conclusion to the Officers is to be fully
explained in the Warrant.
|Form S. No. 301. Warrant.
||688. Should he determine upon ordering the Prisoner
to be corporally punished, he is to make out a Warrant in
the established form, in which all the information
required is to be clearly and explicitly set forth.
|Definition of Corporal Punishment.
||690. By Corporal Punishment is to be understood the
usual punishment at the Gangway; it is to be carried out
according to the custom of the Service, and in the
presence of the Captain, the Officers, and the Ship's
Company, or as many as can be spared from other duties.
Every other description of Corporal Punishment by rope,
stick, or any other instrument, is hereby forbidden, with
the exception of the authorised caning and birching of
|Corporal Punishment of Boys.
||691. Corporal Punishment of Boys is to be inflicted
with the Birch, as supplied from the Dockyard; the
birching is to be given over the bare breech, and is
never to exceed 24 cuts or blows; it is to be inflicted
by the Ship's Police in the presence of the Executive
Officer, a Medical Officer, two or more Petty Officers,
and all the Boys. The punishment is to be awarded by
Warrant, as in the case of other Corporal Punishments;
but the approval of a Flag Officer or Commodore shall
only be necessary when the punishment shall take place in
a Ship carrying a Flag or Broad Pendant.
|Punishments necessarily accompanying it.
||692. Corporal Punishment is to carry with it in all
Disrating to a grade below that of Leading Seaman or
Deprivation of Good Conduct Medal and Badges, and
reduction to the Second Class for Conduct.
|Power of Courts-Martial.
||694. Nothing contained in the foregoing Articles can
be deemed to extend to the nullification or abatement of
such powers as are vested in Naval Courts-Martial, by the
Naval Discipline Act, to award Corporal Punishment to
persons under the rank of Officer, whether Men or Boys.
Discipline: Minor Punishments
|Birching and Caning Boys.
||717. Birching, as defined by Article 691, is confined
solely to Boys, rated as such, and who are not to be
punished with the Cat except by sentence of a Court
2. Caning on the breech with clothes on is limited to
Boys, and is to be inflicted with a light and ordinary
cane on the breech, over the clothes. The number of cuts
or blows is not to exceed 12.