Guidance

Legal support to joint operations (JDP 3-46)

JDP 3-46 explains to the operational commander how their legal adviser can support them, and to the lawyer what the commander expects of them.

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The MOD’s think tank, the Development Concepts and Doctrine Centre has just released Joint Doctrine Publication (JDP) 3-46, Legal Support to Joint Operations (third edition).

It contains an introduction to the multiplicity of legal issues associated with military operations; the ways in which the legal adviser participates in the planning and execution of operations; and the working relationship between the commander and the lawyer.

JDP 3-46 is primarily aimed at commanders and lawyers at the joint operational level but has wider relevance to those working at lower levels, in single-Service environments, in other government departments or in non-governmental contexts.

JDP 3-46 will be made available through the DCDC webpage on GOV.UK as well as through the DCDC intranet page and the DCDC section of Defence Gateway (outside MODNET).

Published 1 August 2010
Last updated 19 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated JDP 3-46 Legal Support to Joint Operations with the third edition.
  2. First published.