A body established under the Armed Forces Act 1996 which came into existence on 1 April 1997. It acts independently of the military chain of command and is subject to the general superintendence of the Attorney‐General. The Authority provides advice to service police on the investigation and prosecution of offences and determines whether there is sufficient evidence for the case to proceed and if it is in the public interest to proceed. The Armed Forces Act will see the establishment of a joint‐service prosecuting authority that will combine the Army Prosecuting Authority, the Royal Air Force Prosecuting Authority, and the Naval Prosecuting Authority. See also service law.