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Sofa Agreement United Kingdom


As a rule, purely military and operational matters, such as the location of bases and access to facilities, are covered by separate agreements. A SOFA focuses more on legal issues related to military persons and property. This may include issues such as entry and exit into the country, tax obligations, postal services or the conditions of employment of nationals of the host country, but the most controversial issues are civil and criminal justice on bases and personnel. For civil cases, SOFAs provide for how civilian damages caused by the armed forces are identified and paid. Its main provision is the agreement that the visiting force will retain jurisdiction over its people, as will US personnel stationed in the UK and British armed forces serving in NATO, Commonwealth and, more recently, countries that have joined NATO`s Partnership for Peace. [15] As a general rule, the services of the visiting force member accused of having committed a criminal offence and the UK authorities may agree on the appropriate jurisdiction for the grounding of the case. . . .