Chairpersons of military field courts, including judges that are also servicemen, are appointed and dismissed by a decision of the prime minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic at the suggestion of the court martial chairperson, and are accountable to the court martial chairperson, the press service said.

Military field courts will have jurisdiction over crimes including non-compliance with a commander’s order (instructions), murder, treason, espionage, sabotage, intentional destruction of property, looting, plundering, robbery, stealing and damaging of military property, evading military service or deserting, as well as other crimes and violations of existing laws, the report read.

Military field courts must, without undue delay, send an official notification in writing to the DPR court martial chairperson and the Prosecutor General about any death sentences they pass. The court martial chairperson and the Prosecutor General must review the legal grounds and the justification of each sentence without delay.

Military field courts deal with crimes committed by servicemen with ranks up to company commander inclusive, while military leaders with a rank of head of service (battalion commander) and up are to be tried by court-martial.