PROCEDURE OF COURTS-MARTIAL
Evidence of previous convictions and general character
142. (1) When any person subject to this Act has been convicted by a court-martial of any offence, such court-martial may inquire into, and receive and record evidence of any previous convictions of such person, either by a court-martial held under this Act or under any other enactment, or by a criminal court, or of any previous award of punishment under section 82 or section 86, and may further inquire into and record the general character of such person, and such other matters as may be prescribed.
(2) Evidence received under this section may be either oral or in the shape of entries in, or certified extracts from service records; and it shall not be necessary to give notice before trial to the person tried that evidence as to his previous convictions or character will be received.
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