A file containing documents relating to the procedure for dealing with conscientious objectors under section 13 of the National Service (Armed Forces) Act 1939. Documents in the file include correspondence between government officials, local officers, the Central Board for Conscientious Objectors, and others; drafts of forms relating to the procedure, including requests for information from men who failed to sign up and a form ordering release from prison; and copies of parliamentary acts relating to conscientious objection. Topics covered by the documents include the re-enlistment of men for non-combatant duties; the expenses of witnesses appearing at tribunals; and precise legal definitions. Other topics include legal representation at tribunals; the issue of men serving whole prison sentences before their tribunal has occurred; and examples of cases that require extra attention, including one man who was accused of joining the Jehovah's Witnesses solely to register as a conscientious objector.
absenteeism, conscientious objectors, conscription, court martial, deserters, imprisonment, Jehovah's Witnesses, law, lawyers, military discharge, military officers, pacifism, prisons, regional newspapers, soldiers, trade unions, tribunals, volunteers