Vol. 13, No. 5, February 2011

Military Justice

[Updated 7/09/12]

 

Military Law and Legal Links

Military Law and Legal Links is maintained by the Air Force, Air War College, and Air University. This site contains a very large collection of links providing the user with information on many aspects of Military Justice. The user will also find information on recent developments that those in the field of Military Justice have had to contend with. For example, clicking on the link to War Crimes will direct the user to articles, factsheets and other publications on the topic of war crimes There are also links to all branches of the military, links to the Department of Defense (DoD) and general military legal information.

Military Legal Resources

This site from the Library of Congress Federal Research Division compiles military legal documents and publications into an easy to use format for researchers. Of particular interest is the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School Library Historical Collections. Here the user will find documents from some of the most famous moments in the history of Military Justice. The most useful feature of the site is access to Military Justice journals. The entire run of The Army Lawyer can be found here. All issues are in PDF format for citation. All issues, from its beginning as an irregularly issued pamphlet series in 1971, through its transformation into a monthly magazine in 1974 and to present are accessible. The Military Law Review is also represented in its entirety via PDF format. The volumes available run from v.1 (1958) to present.

Military Justice 101

This site from About.com and the New York Times Company is a great introduction to the world of Military Justice. It takes the user through a general background into the military justice system and also court martial, the most cited articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and military court procedures. The language is plain and concise and the discussion of rights is prevalent. This site will introduce the user to the concepts or civilian rights, military rights, rights that overlap the two spheres and those that do not. Also helpful is the main United States Military Justice, Military Law, and Military Legislation page. This page contains links to other pages on the site featuring articles on such topics as political activism in the military and line of duty (LOD) investigations

Uniform Code of Military Justice

The entire Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) is found in Title 10, Subtitle A, Part II, Chapter 47 of the United States Code. This link to the UCMJ is sponsored by Cornell University Law School's Legal Information Institute (LII). The UCMJ is the supreme law of the military. It is applicable to all members of all branches of the military.

Manual for Courts Martial

The latest edition of the Manual for Courts Martial was updated in 2008 with further amendments made by Executive Order. It sets out the rules and conduct of the Court. This is a large document (5.5 MB, 980 pages of print) so allow time for download.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

This is the comprehensive site for information on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Also known as the court of final review, the Court reviews cases from the intermediate courts (Army, Navy-Marine, Air Force, and Coast Guard Courts of Criminal Appeals). The court only hears cases on issues of law, petitions for extraordinary relief and the review of capital cases. Beyond the Court of Appeals, only the Supreme Court can review a case. Opinions of the Court (from 1996-present) and the Military Justice Digest (from 1998-present) are found here.