Defence of the Realm Act

Copy of the Defence of the Realm Consolidation Act, 27 November 1914.

The original Defence of the Realm Act (DORA), which became law on 8 August 1914, was little more than a paragraph long. This second revised and expanded version of the emergency legislation outlines a wider range of possible wartime offences against the British state. Trial by courts martial, for example, was now authorised for anyone contravening regulations designed - with suitable vagueness - 'to prevent the spread of false reports or reports likely to cause disaffection to His Majesty'. DORA was extended a further three times during the conflict.
Catalogue reference: MUN 5/19/221/8 (Nov 1914)

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