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Courts-Martial with Assistance of Counsel

    Special Court-Martial

    Special court-martial consists of not less than three members and a military
    judge, or the accused may be tried by military judge alone upon request of the
    accused.

    A special court-martial is often characterized as similar to a civilian misdemeanor
    court, and may try all persons subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice,
    including midshipmen and officers.

    A special court-martial may impose any punishment authorized under R.C.M.
    1003 except death, dishonorable discharge, dismissal, confinement for more than
    1 year, hard labor without confinement for more than 3 months, forfeiture of pay
    exceeding two-thirds pay per month, or any forfeiture of pay for more than 1
    year.

    General Court-Martial

    A general court-martial consists of not less than five members and a military
    judge, or similar to a special court-martial an accused may be tried by military
    judge alone upon request of the accused.

    A general court-martial is often characterized as a felony court, and may try all
    persons subject to the UCMJ, including officers and midshipmen. A general court-
    martial may adjudge any punishment not prohibited by the UCMJ, including
    death when specifically authorized.

    If you or a family member is facing a special or general court-martial visit our
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